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IT pros hiring heats up in Hong Kong (Part 2)

Sheila Lam | March 6, 2012
Staff turnover is inevitable in 2012.

Datacenter strategy drives IT job market

Datacenter development in Hong Kong hit a major milestone last year. Achievements in the local datacenter industry has driven foreign investment and sparked other activities in the IT job market in Hong Kong, said local recruitment experts.

The OGCIO declared datacenter development as an essential infrastructure for the local economy in March 2011, followed by the Chief Executive's allocation of land dedicated to datacenter development in October. The government's policy was followed by a series of foreign investments from Google and NTT Com for building datacenters locally.

"The new datacenter strategy has definitely brought more opportunities in the local IT job market," said Candy Ho, consultant IT&T at Hudson. "More banks and multinationals are moving their datacenters back to Hong Kong."

Many multinationals that built datacenters in other regional cities have realized that Hong Kong has more reliable infrastructure, better workforce and higher SLAs, said Ho. She added that enterprises which had set up datacenters in China and India are finding these locations are not as cost-efficient as expected, driving them to move the datacenters back to Hong Kong.

Although the datacenter industry may not require a large workforce, Ho said the increased demand combine with talent shortage has brought a lot of opportunities to the market.

"There was a higher demand for technical roles like infrastructure and network design," she said. "A lot of times, enterprises and vendors have to seek talent from overseas."

In addition, the datacenters also drive development in associated IT areas. "One of my clients set up their regional service and help-desk hub in Hong Kong after building its regional datacenter in Hong Kong," she said. The 24-hour help-desk supports customers in Vietnam and Korea. Ho noted the datacenter developments are also driving openings in sales positions--particularly among vendors and IT service-providers.

How to get the IT career you want

Al Kuebler

A lot of technology professionals are frustrated with the IT profession. They can't find a job or move into the position that they want. They're always hearing that demand exists, but that's not what their personal experience has shown them. They feel they have the skills for the job, and have even put in the time it takes to be qualified or certified in the technologies in demand. But the requirements for IT career development remain elusive.

Business needs IT practitioners, but more specifically, it requires "people who can effectively apply IT to business needs and strategic goals." The IT professionals that employers consider to be valuable to their business have not only the right technical skills, but also the capabilities needed for productive business contributions over the long term.


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