Within Hong Kong we’re seeing high demand from medium-sized companies for HR specialists. These companies are investing more in their HR functions, particularly in the learning & development and compensation & benefits areas. These jobs are all permanent.
In terms of skills in demand for the July to September quarter, we’re seeing high demand for Learning & Development Managers. Companies are investing more in the learning & development of their staff in order to aid their retention efforts.
Compensation & Benefits Managers also remain in high demand. As a result, employers are more flexible and will consider candidates with a consultancy background.
Compensation & Benefits Analysts are still in high demand. In particular demand are candidates at the junior level who can help the compensation & benefits team compile reports and data.
In terms of candidate trends, HR professionals have become very selective. Most specialist candidates prefer to move into business partnering roles.
Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) and MBTI qualifications both remain in high demand for specialist candidates.
In a final trend, HR banking candidates are more willing to move into the commercial sector now that HR business partnering is more common in this area.