Financial institutions in Hong Kong are on the hunt for various IT professionals to comply with evolving regulations and improve their business.
For instance, they are on the hunt for cybersecurity professionals, partially due to the September deadline of the first phase of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA)'s Cybersecurity Fortification Initiative (CFI), according to Hays.
IT professionals who have business intelligence (BI) and big data skills, and are experienced using SAP for enterprise resource planning (ERP), are highly sought after too. Such professionals will support newly created or expanded BI divisions, said Hays.
In addition, banks are looking for front-end developers to develop more user-friendly websites, products and smart-cards.
Besides financial institutions, front-end developers are highly demanded by digital agencies and e-commerce firms as these companies look to increase their online presence, said Dean Stallard, Regional Director of Hays in Hong Kong. He added that Java and NodeJS are the most wanted skills from front-end developers.
In terms of big data-related roles, data scientists with Python, R, Matlab and Spark are in most demand. Companies in Hong Kong are also looking for data warehouse architects with Microsoft SSIS, SSAS, SSRS skills for major projects, but those with additional QlikView knowledge are highly regarded. "Candidates [with the above-mentioned skills] are so hard to find that a role may take up to nine months to fill," Stallard shared.
He added that in general, "employers want candidates who are able to demonstrate self-awareness, are curious, have an appetite for risk-taking to solve problems, and are adept at presenting their ideas and sharing their knowledge."
"[Hong Kong is] fortunate to have many well supported incubator, accelerator and start up programs and initiatives growing the talent market the country needs, but we are still seeing jobs far outnumber qualified candidates. [Therefore, companies here need to continue to compete to] secure and retain the best people," Stallard concluded.
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