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Job prospects for Hong Kong IT grads positive

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 6, 2011
Top UK IT employer steps up recruitment drive

Despite fears of job cuts in the Hong Kong, a top recruiter of information technology (IT) graduates in the United Kingdom recently announced that it is stepping up efforts to recruit IT people in the region.

FDM Group of the UK said it is looking at placing 150 IT candidates in the region within next year.  It is even positioning Hong Kong as a better place for these IT graduates to start off their IT career.

Rod Flavell, CEO, FDM Group, said: "We are delighted to be accelerating our recruitment drive for graduate placements in Hong Kong. Despite these latest announcements, the growing business opportunities within the region provide excellent prospects for us, an international IT services provider, as well as the graduates who are lucky enough to be placed here."

FDM regional manager for Asia Pacific Neil Holland said they have placed over 50 graduates in the region since October 2010 and look forward to placing more.

IT pay

But more than simply employment opportunities, the IT employer is providing its IT recruits better pay than other IT graduates.

FDM said it provides its Hong Kong IT consultants with a salary of around HK$27,000 (US$3,468) a month. In contrast, a recent survey by the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) revealed that 90 percent of new IT recruits get an entry-level salary of over HK$10,000 (US$1,284) a month. 

The same survey also revealed that 51.2 percent of the firms questioned hired fresh graduates this year, and more than 70 percent of the IT professionals surveyed received an average pay increase of four to six percent in 2011.

The FDM Group advised that for its Hong Kong recruitment, applicants should be ideally HKID card holders and must hold a valid UK visa or British passport.


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