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Asia business aggressive in hiring IT pros

Teresa Leung, Computerworld HK | March 29, 2011
Recruitment service provider Hudson, says companies, particularly in Hong Kong, are aggressive in hiring tech talent in 2011.

HONG KONG, 28 MARCH 2011 - Vendors and end-user organizations are keen to invest in IT, creating many new positions, said Hudson, adding that most banks are still investing in large scale new tech projects and this will keep recruitment a high level throughout this year.

Salary wise, increments for staff remaining in the same role in vendors and end-user organizations are likely to be in the 2-5 percent range while pros moving to new roles will be able to command rises of 10 to 15 percent in vendors, end-user companies, and banks, said the recruitment firm.

 Manpower Professional put the pay rise estimate at the range of 5 to 15 percent. Some clients budget for more to retain talented people, said Daniel Cheah, head of Technology (Permanent Recruitment) at recruitment company Manpower Professional.

 Hot skills

 Hudson noted that vendors and end-user firms will continue to seek candidates with skillsets in emerging IT areas such as clouding computing, SaaS, virtualization, and unified communications, said Hudson.

 "The growing popularity of Facebook and mobile media shoots up the demand for app developers for smartphones, cloud, and social media," said Cheah. Companies with regional IT teams in particular are looking for candidates with strong finance or IT business knowledge, according to him. 

 The banks set their eyes on pros with strong Java skills and experience, said Hudson, adding that candidates with the flexibility to integrate different systems will also be sought after as there is a key trend moving towards single legacy systems that will provide banks with comprehensive and easily accessible view of customer activities. Banks also look for front office software developers with skills in C#, AGILE/SCRUM, and Struts, Cheah pointed out. 

 Cheah noted that across the board middle-level to senior IT roles in demand include business analysts, key account managers, project managers, PMO (Project Management Office), IT security lead, and storage/cloud computing architects

 He advised tech pros to work on qualifications including ITIL, CISSP, PMP, COBIT, CMMI or ISO 25000. "There is a lack of candidates with these skills for mid-to-senior level positions," said Cheah.

 "Certifications are important, but strong communications skills and the ability to adapt to changes quickly even matter more," he added.



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