Hong Kong firms to focus on hiring middle managers in 2014

Computerworld Hong Kong staff

Employers in Hong Kong are geared towards hiring middle managers in 2014, said Robert Walters that recently released its annual global salary survey.

The demand is a result of movement among senior employees in 2013, which created a large number of promotions for middle management, noted Matthew Bennett, managing director of Robert Walters Greater China.

But firms must offer competitive packages with increased emphasis on a clear career path along with development and international opportunities in this candidate-driven middle-management segment, he added.

"Having seen some accomplishments in their career, candidates at this mid- management level seek other avenues of job satisfaction apart from pure monetary gratifications," he advised.

Job movers might get double-digit salary growth
Job movers who are able to secure new positions could command an average 10-15% pay raise this year. "That percentage was what we saw last year," said Bennett. "This is likely to continue in 2014. In addition, an expected increase in local consumer spending—fueled by stronger growth in trade—will lead to active recruitment across industries this year."