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According to Bradley Miller, the Northeast Asia managing director of recruitment firm Spring Professional, quoted in the South China Morning Post "there are simply too few experienced engineers and IT professionals for the demands of the market, which presents a tremendous recruitment challenge for both multinational and regional companies."
Additionally, Miller says, more pressure is being put on an already insufficient talent pool by an increasing number of US and European companies setting up shop in Asia as a result of sluggish business in their home markets. With Hong Kong the main business conduit to the mainland, it is often a favoured platform for companies to launch and administer operations.
Large mainland firms and regional enterprises are also competing for the same engineering and technology talent. "In the recruitment race, international firms are facing massive competition from regional employers," Miller says.
Employers are generally very specific about the skills for which they are looking. Top of the list, Miller says, is the ability to use technical knowledge to drive commercial objectives.
Proficiency in English, Cantonese and Putonghua (the official language of the People's Republic of China) is also important, as well as the ability to harness the potential offered by social media and cloud computing.
"Employers are looking for high-quality talent with both the specialisation skills and the user-experience know-how to commercialise different aspects of technologies," he says.
To read the full interview with Bradley Miller, click here.