Bilingual Lawyers Finance Technology Support Staff and Contractors in the office professionals sector are among the candidates in hottest demand this quarter, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots.
According to the Quarterly Hotspots, out now and covering April to June 2013, pockets of shortages for specific skills remain in a number of sectors including legal, finance technology and office professionals.
“Some employers prefer to use Hong Kong as a production support hub ahead of the standard low-cost regions such as India and Singapore and this is driving the demand for support professionals in the finance technology industry,” says Marc Burrage, Regional Director of Hays in Hong Kong.
Hays is also seeing the demand for language skills in both English and Mandarin play a role in candidate shortages across Hong Kong.
“Due to increasingly extensive liaisons with mainland Chinese counterparts and investors, employers are expecting candidates in the Office Professionals sector to have Mandarin skills,” says Marc.
“Also, law candidates with speaking, reading and writing skills in both English and Mandarin are in demand across many practice areas.”
While the demand for contractors is rising, candidates are apprehensive about taking on such roles, also contributing to talent shortages, as seen in the office professionals sector, explains Marc.
“Contracting is still considered of less importance than permanent positions and candidates are reluctant to take on these assignments as they believe it will hinder their chances of finding permanent employment.”
According to the Hays Quarterly Hotspots for April to June 2013, demand is highest for the following skilled professionals:
Hays Accountancy & Finance – Commerce & Industry
Financial Analysts with financial modelling
Senior Business Partner Finance Professionals with Asia/ APAC region experience
Company Secretary with Listed Company Experience
Candidates with strong China market knowledge
Hays Accountancy & Finance - Financial Services
Asset Management/Fund Sales
Programming and Planning Engineers
Building Information Modelling Engineers
Corporate Experienced Quantity Surveyors
Hays Finance Technology
JAVA Developer (wealth management)
System Administrators (Linux & Unix)
System Administrators (Windows)
Level 1 – 3 Support
IT Risk Managers
Hays Human Resources – Private Sector
Regional HR Managers
Regional C&B Managers
HR Business Partners
Hays Information Technology
Mobile Technologies (iOS/Android)
Java Server Side Developers
Low level C#/.NET Developers
Level 1 – 3 Support
Project and Systems Accountants
Business Development Professionals (General Insurance)
Project Managers (Life Insurance)
Regulatory Legal specialists
Funds Specialist Lawyers (in-house positions)
Commerce and Industry Lawyers
Senior Litigation Specialists
Hays Office Professionals
Senior Executive Assistants
Procurement Managers (IT, HR, Professional Services and Marketing) Purchasing Managers (Retail)
Digital Marketing SEM/SMO
Business Development Managers
Corporate Communications Manager
Hays Supply Chain
Supply Chain Managers and Planning Demand Managers
Trade Compliance Managers
To find out why these skills are in demand, go to hays.com.hk/report
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