Technology hiring in Hong Kong on upward trend

Technology hiring is on an upward trend with four in ten companies planning to add new permanent positions.

According to the latest Hong Kong Employment Report released by specialist recruitment firm Robert Half, companies are planning a raft of new project and initiatives that will require additional staff to manage and implement.

The biggest turnaround in activity is among companies hiring technology professionals. Last year only 26 per cent of companies were hiring while 61 per cent maintained headcount. This year, a nearly equal proportion of companies are maintaining (41 per cent) and adding more manpower (40 per cent) to their technology teams.

The biggest turnaround in activity is among companies hiring technology professionals. Last year only 26 per cent of companies were hiring while 61 per cent maintained headcount. This year, a nearly equal proportion of companies are maintaining (41 per cent) and adding more manpower (40 per cent) to their technology teams.

Robert Walters, the international recruitment consultancy, has also published its Asia Job Index for Q4 2014 which found that IT professionals in Hong Kong remained in demand as a result of continued developments in big data technology and digital marketing, with job advertising volumes up 24%.

Pallavi Anand, Managing Director of Robert Half Hong Kong, said companies are actively hiring to fill newly created positions as part of their growth strategies.

“Companies know they need to adapt and change in order to achieve growth. That’s why they are expanding their accounting and technology teams. There are many new opportunities in the employment market for people willing to come in and prove themselves in a new role.”

“Companies are also looking at expanding into new markets. This could be either a new geographical location or to target a different segment of an existing market.”

“Previously new hires were in response to a need to have extra capacity to cope with increased workloads. This year companies are pursuing growth by expanding their service offerings or their reach.”

“New roles can be very challenging as there are no precedents or guidelines for the successful applicant to follow. But if they are prepared to show initiative, they can carve out a name for themselves in the new role,” Anand said.