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Robert Walters: Number of Hong Kong IT jobs grew in Q1

Computerworld Hong Kong staff | May 29, 2013
The Robert Walters Asia Job Index reveals a growing confidence in the resilience of the Hong Kong economy.

The number of several types of IT vacancies in Hong Kong was up 2.6% from 27,689 in Q4 2012 to 28, 417 in Q1 2013, according to a recently released report by recruitment firm Robert Walters.

These vacant posts included IT supervisor, IT manager, programmer, and database administrator.

Robert Walter tracks advertisement volumes for various professional positions across leading job boards and national newspapers in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.

Overall, job advertising figures in Hong Kong increased by 10.8% from the previous quarter and 17.4% from January to March, according to the company. The growth was backed by Hong Kong's quarterly GDP jump that leveraged on China's improving economy, Robert Walters explained.

"Early positive momentum in China has somewhat boosted confidence in Hong Kong," said Matthew Bennett, managing director, Robert Walters Greater China. "The corporate and retail sectors have experienced a bounce and businesses are more willing to advertise roles. The financial services sector is also benefiting from an improving stock market, with 94% year-on-year growth in equity funds in the first two months of 2013."

Advertising for retail servicing and sales grew by10.9%, according to Robert Walters. Bennett attributes the growth to improved consumer confidence and the growing number Chinese tourists.

Advertising for legal professionals was up by 15.2%, a trend that correlated to the improving conditions on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and increased merger and acquisition activity, he noted.


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