Employers to Widen Search for Candidates

Talent shortage continues to persist in the recruitment market in Hong Kong and 44% of employers interviewed in a survey reported difficulty in filling key positions in their companies.

According to the Talent Shortage Survey 2010 conducted by recruitment consultant Manpower, employers find it difficult to fill positions of sales representatives and engineers. For sales representatives, it has been on top of the list since 2007.

Lancy Chui, Managing Director of Manpower Hong Kong, Macau and Vietnam, commented that there is a talent mismatch situation in the recruitment market now, and employers are also looking for candidates with specific skillsets. She advised employers to broaden their search for candidates to include industry migrants, location migrants, role changers and new workforce entrants. “In this way, employers can leverage candidates that may not be a precise fit but are a ‘teachable fit’. It matters less what technical skills – although still important – an individual mastered in the past. What matters more is that an individual possesses the capacity, capability and motivation to learn new skills in the future.”

This survey was conducted in the first quarter of 2010 interviewing 434 employers in Hong Kong.

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