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Excerpted from the Hong Kong Career Guide

Recruitment activity has been relatively stable this year, and according to professional recruitment company Michael Page International, if business conditions in Hong Kong strengthen, recruiting in the technology sector should increase throughout the year. Steady demand continues this year for skilled, experienced professionals, in spite of last year’s slowdown in hiring.

Demand will continue for skills in infrastructure engineering, technical operations, business analysis and programming, as companies increase their technical support functions. The programming skills in the greatest demand include C#, NET and Java, especially in the commercial and banking sectors. Analyst programmers and network engineers are also needed; senior business analysts are in high demand. Other roles in demand include IT managers, group IT directors and project managers, according to Michael Page.

Areas of Job Promise

  • Development: There is a strong demand for C# Developers, driven by a shortage of candidates as internal management information systems are increased and intranets are being created. Fueled by growth in the mobile market, SharePoint development skills continue to be in high demand, as are skilled web-based front end application developers. At the same time, Hays reports a noticeable decrease in demand for Java developers everywhere except in the banking sector.

  • Infrastructure: Demand is likely to continue for candidates with skills within VOICE, WAN and cloud technologies, including VMware and Hyper V skills. The level of requirements for skills in videoconferencing and tele-presence solutions has increased. Information security and audit professionals will continue to be needed for permanent and consulting positions.

  • Certifications wanted: Employers in both the retail and financial services sectors are looking for candidates certified in CISCA, CISSA and SOX System Analysts.

  • Project Managers: Demand remains for project managers in both business and infrastructure. And there is a shortage of strong project management/office practice managers. Demand continues for formal techniques including Waterfall, Prince and PMI. PMP certifications remain in high demand as well, as employers seek dynamic candidates who can take on concurrent project responsibilities.

  • Business Analysts: Demand for business analysts remains steady, with an increasing demand for candidates who possess retail experience and solid change management and process management experience.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF)
http://www.hkitf.org.hk (English)
The Hong Kong Information Technology Federation was founded in 1980 as a non-profit, non-political trade association to provide a forum in which the IT-related businesses in Hong Kong could work together for the benefit of the industry and to maintain a high level of business practice among its members. HKITF promotes local IT businesses through activities such as exhibitions, seminars, breakfast and luncheon speaker meetings, and after-work networking to exchange business ideas and expand personal networks.

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation
Unit 983, 9/F KITEC
1 Trademart Drive
Kowloon Bay
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3101-8197
Fax: +852 3007-4728
Email: info@hkitf.org

Publications

Computerworld Hong Kong
http://www.cw.com.hk/ (English)
Computerworld Hong Kong is part of the Questex Asia Group, the publisher of market-leading magazines, newsletters and websites covering regional telecoms and IT markets across the Asia Pacific region and the world. Computerworld Hong Kong reaches the territory's 40,000 IT professionals - the key decision makers and influencers in one of Asia's largest IT hubs. Delivered monthly through print and daily through electronic channels, Computerworld Hong Kong covers a wide range of industries.

Questex Asia
501 Cambridge House
Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2559 2772
Fax: +852 2559 7002

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Hong Kong Guide.



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