Monthly Update – April 2011

Market News
China announced during April that a total of 56 new airports would be built around the country over the next 5 years. This is due to the expected increase in numbers of people traveling by air around the region.

Idled China Southern MD-80sphoto © 2008 Ned | more info (via: Wylio)

Shanghai Disneyland construction began in early April. A ground-breaking ceremony was held attended by local dignitaries and representatives from Disney. The project will be completed in a couple of years and is expected to be larger than the Hong Kong Disneyland and cost around $3.7 billion US.

China this month released population data collected from it’s recent census. The urban population in the country has risen to an amazing 665.57 million people accounting for 49.68% of the population as of November 2010. Since the 2000 census, the urban population has increased by 13.46%.

Shanghai © 2009 Jakob Montrasio | more info (via: Wylio)

In Hong Kong, office rents are nearly back up to their 2008 highs. Demand is expected to remain high in Central and Admiralty although some analysts forecast that increasing decentralization will occur in the next couple of years as various MTR links are completed. Wong Chuk Hang on the south of Hong Kong Island is expected to feel a boom when the South Island MTR Line is completed in 2015. A number of developers are readying office properties to open during the course of the next 3-4 years.

Poll Result

This month’s poll asked for what your response would be to receiving a counter offer. As always, we took 100 votes from you all and received a great response.

The results are as follows:

It was interesting to see that the overwhelming majority of respondents (more than 69%) claimed that they would not consider any counter offer from a current employer. No one said that they would look to move jobs in order to receive a counter offer. We will be posting a 2 part article next about how to handle resignations and counter offers which is something we are asked about a lot both by clients and candidates.

Thank you all for voting. Again, most respondents were based or do work in Asia.

What’s Hot

We have experienced yet another busy month during April.

Project Management candidates with experience working in China are still required by our developer clients. Architectural or engineering candidates are being considered and these can be from Assistant to Project Director level. Some firms are willing to consider candidates to be based in Hong Kong and travel to site in China but the overwhelming majority require candidates to be stationed in 2nd or 3rd tier cities full-time.

In the design sector we need architects at all levels. We have recently placed a number of candidates ranging from fresh grads through to Senior Associates. Candidates with strong experience in Asia already, and preferably language ability, are in most demand. Some companies are considering international candidates but only if they have really strong experience in Asia and ideally China. A number of firms are looking to grow their current small teams in China and as such we see the need for good architectural staff only increasing in 2011. Interior Designers, Urban Designers and Landscape Architects are also required by firms in Hong Kong and China. We have a couple of senior positions for Urban Designers coming through to be based in Beijing and Shanghai. Candidates with a strong knowledge of masterplanning in China are highly sought after.

A number of contractors and construction firms are keen to speak to Planning Engineers, Fit-Out Project Managers (Mandarin speakers) and Quantity Surveyors for Hong Kong and Shanghai. We’re also experiencing a demand for good data-centre experienced candidates. There are a range of interesting opportunities out there for suitably experienced candidates.

Most Urgent Requirements

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

  • Project Director – Iconic Super-Tall Tower Development (to be stationed in Guangdong, China)
  • Senior Masterplanner (Associate Director) – Shanghai – Growing Design Led International Practice
  • Senior Associate (Hotel Design) – Hong Kong & Shanghai – World Renowned Design Firm
  • Senior E&M Manager – China, multiple locations – One of Hong Kong’s Top Listed Developers
  • Urban Planning Director – Hong Kong or Shanghai – Global Architecture and Design Name
  • Senior Interior Designers – Hong Kong – Hotels
  • Project Managers (Fit-Out) – Hong Kong or Shanghai – Corporate Office and Data-Centre Experience
  • Associate Directors (Architecture) – Shanghai – A Top International Design Firm looking for studio leaders

We also have many, many more roles posted on our website and these are only an overview of our top positions at this time. Please check back regularly and follow us on Twitter to be informed immediately of our latest requirements.

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