Monthly Update – January 2011

Market News

The West Kowloon Cultural District suffered another blow to it’s development with the resignation of the CEO, Graham Sheffield. How this will affect the time scale of the district is still uncertain but a decision is due on the 3 current design proposals submitted by Foster and Partners, OMA and Rocco Design in the first quarter of 2011.

The world’s longest sea bridge was completed in January, the Qingdao Haiwan Bridge. Stretching over 26.4 miles, the bridge could span the English Channel. This will soon be dwarfed however by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge which is under construction and will stretch nearly 30 miles.

It was announced that land sales in China during 2010 were up 70% year-on-year concerning some experts who think that the efforts to cool the property market are not working and are creating a bubble. There are still mixed opinions on this but in the long term, China still needs to build for it’s ever growing urban population and developers remain bullish. In efforts to cool the property market, Chonqing has announced a “high-end” property tax on commercial housing. This is expected to be adopted by other cities across China if it is seen to be having the desired effect.

High-speed rail continues to be highly publicized. This month it was the turn of Xian to open up a new station cutting travel time to two hours to Chengdu, four hours to Beijing and five hours to Shanghai. The different networks are now starting to link up meaning it will soon be possible to travel almost anywhere in China very easily.

In Beijing, the government has announced that work will begin to construct Beijing’s 2nd International Airport this year. This will relieve pressure on Beijing’s existing airport which served 74 million passengers last year by adding capacity for a further 40 million into the capital.

Beijing from the Airphoto © 2009 Andrey Belenko | more info (via: Wylio)

In Hong Kong, the Airport Authority announced it’s plans for expansion with a new HK$7billion mid field satellite terminal. This is going to be the last expansion possible on the currently reclaimed land and should allow passenger capacity to increase as the development of the third runway and growth is considered longer term.

And finally, plans were revealed to effectively create a mega city in Guangdong province linking up the 9 major cities in the region. Please check out the below link for more information:

What’s Hot

In the run up to Chinese New Year, January can be a quiet month in Hong Kong and China as companies look to complete deadlines and focus on recruitment following the holidays. However, we have been extremely busy within a couple of areas that continue to have high demand. In engineering, we are being asked to find experienced structural candidates to work in consultancies, developers and construction companies – these are for roles in Hong Kong mainly although clients are looking for people with experience in China and the associated language skills. There is also a shortage of good E&M candidates in the market. A number of clients are looking for hires with the key being strong E&M design experience rather than project delivery experience. In addition a couple of clients are looking to make key strategic senior level hires within the E&M discipline as they look to develop their teams on projects in China.

We have also found clients are keen to speak to Project Managers with building backgrounds. The projects range from infrastructure schemes through to hospitality and data-centre work. The key here is that candidate’s have a consultancy background and have specific relevant experience in specialised sectors.

A number of architecture firms in Hong Kong are looking to take on experienced candidates still. Clients are particularly interested in registered HKIA candidates with around 10+ years experience. Generally this is for a mix of projects in Hong Kong and also China. We are receiving indications that after the Chinese New Year, a number of companies will need experienced design staff in China to be based in Beijing and Shanghai mainly. This is due to a number of projects that are expected to be given the green light in February. On the interiors side, a few clients are on the look out for experienced hospitality candidates although again, this will perhaps be green lit after the holidays.

Most Urgent Requirements

We have outlined below the urgent vacancies we have had through from clients over the last month.

  • Project Manager – Manila – International consultancy firm to work on a hotel project
  • Project Manager – Hong Kong – International engineering consultancy
  • Head of Property – Hong Kong or Shanghai – Engineering and design consultancy, senior position
  • Head of MEP Engineering – Hong Kong – International engineering consultancy, senior position
  • Senior Architect – Hong Kong – Growing practice in Hong Kong looking for HKIA registered candidates
  • Senior Interior Designer – Hong Kong – Bespoke luxury hospitality and residential projects

In addition we are still keen to hear from engineers at all levels with strong structural, M&E and MEP experience for positions in Hong Kong. We’d also like to speak to experienced architects interested in roles in Beijing and Shanghai.

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