Monthly Update: November 2011

Market News

Barclays Capital this month predicted that home prices on the Chinese mainland will fall between 10 and 30% due to the stricter policy controls implemented by the Chinese government. The effect of these policies is already being felt with prices falling in more than 30 of the top 100 cities in China in the last few months.

Outgoing Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang has sounded a warning that Hong Kong may enter a recession in the third quarter of this year. The effects of the economic difficulties in the US and Europe are being felt in the region and are likely to remain for some time.

Also in Hong Kong, the government has started to sound out the possibility of starting land reclamation again due to the strong demand in the region for space on which to build. The move will probably be controversial with many questioning the impact on marine ecology should it be given the green light.

Poll Result

This month we asked our readers what they expect from a potential new employer during the interview process. The results can be seen below:

The overwhelming majority of you voted that you think it is essential to be made to feel welcomed by a new employer – 63%! In fact, over 93% of you feel it is essential or very important at least – this result may surprise some employers out there where the expectation can sometimes focus to heavily purely on what a potential employee can do for them. In a competitive candidate market, where certain skill sets and experiences are in massive demand, we find that the companies who have the most success securing candidates to join them are the ones that really market themselves well during interview.

Thank you again for voting and check back later this month for another poll.

What’s Hot

We have had a very busy November with many new positions being called in. These are for immediate starts in many cases which is quite unusual keeping mind the time of year and traditional view on Chinese New Year starters.

We have many architecture and design roles in Hong Kong and across China. If you can speak Mandarin, have worked in China for a couple of years and want to work for strong international names, then we have opportunities available. These range from newly qualified architects through to senior level. Language is the key though and unfortunately candidates based overseas who don’t speak Chinese will continue to find it difficult. In interior design, the retail and hotel sectors remain strong. We have roles for designers through to team leader level. Concept corporate designers are also needed. Within urban design and landscape, Mandarin speakers are again required for roles across the region – more experienced candidates are the focus for most of our clients.

In project and design management, the developers remain keen to hear from experienced candidates to be based in China (as always!) – we also have an interesting position in Macau with a top casino/resort developer for an Interior Design Manager – this is a potentially very exciting position but does require someone with an interiors rather than architecture background. Technical requirements for candidates with skills ranging from curtain wall experience through to strong E&M exposure are still there. If you have a specific skill or expertise, we could well be interested in speaking to you.

Within our engineering business we are looking for a strong leader for a top international consultancy. This will be a Director level appointment to manage the civil and structural business for the firm in China based out of Shanghai. This is a great leadership opportunity for someone with China experience and the language skills.

Most Urgent Requirements

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

  • Architects and Project Architects – China – landmark projects and the opportunity to work on the developer side with two of our biggest clients
  • Interior Design Manager – Macau – top class casino and hotel developer
  • Senior Interior Design Leader – Retail – Hong Kong or Shanghai – award winning design practice
  • Senior Interior Designers – Hotel/Retail – Hong Kong – top international design firm
  • BIM/CAD Manager (Revit) – Shanghai – a great opportunity to develop the CAD capability of a world renowned design practice
  • Urban Designers – Hong Kong and Shanghai – variety of roles within a growing award winning design firm. Bilingual candidates only
  • Technical Director Structural/Civil – Shanghai – senior appointment with an international consultancy
  • E&M Project Managers – China – top tier Hong Kong developer looking for top tier talent
  • Senior Project Managers – China – multiple roles in multiple locations for our many developer clients

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. The easiest way to stay up to date with our latest positions is to follow us on Twitter.

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