The Human Resources market has been more active overall compared to 2016. As HR professionals become strategic business partners, the need for the HR function to be performing well within businesses has never been more important. Companies were looking to hire professionals with extensive experience and a proven track record as most industries were committed to bringing in strong candidates to further up-skill their HR capabilities.
As many businesses embraced change and development, there was a focus on hiring HR positions that involved people development, talent management and leadership training in order to up-skill their current employees. Candidates with extensive project management experience were also highly sought after to help drive the business’ transformation agenda.
While the demand for skills in development and training increased, suitable candidates in Hong Kong were limited, and this meant that companies have had to look to other countries across the APAC region for the right talent. As for project based roles, many companies were looking towards candidates with a combination of consulting and in-house HR experience.
We expect the HR market to remain active for the remainder of the year due to its evolving importance, though a slight slowdown is to be expected as we enter the year-end holiday period.
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