Monthly Update: August 2012

Poll Result

This month we asked you how you felt about the Construction and Property Industry’s prospect for the remainder of 2012. The results are below:

80% of you feel that things are either fairly positive or very positive. We would say this mirrors the sentiment we are experiencing when speaking to our clients and candidates in the market at the moment. Perhaps the best way to describe things would be “cautious optimism” but there seems to be hope that stimulus efforts and long term growth, particularly in China, will be able to offset the potential negative effects of global uncertainty elsewhere. Only 1/5th of you felt things were fairly negative or extremely negative (2%) which we would hope is a good sign. We have certainly seen a lot more work come our way in the last 2-3 months and clients are speaking about how busy they are and will be over the remainder of the year.

What’s Hot

August has been perhaps our busiest month since 2011. We are receiving calls and requests for people on an almost daily basis from existing and new clients.

Within leasing, marketing and business development we have been instructed on a variety of positions ranging from director level right through to officer level. Our relationships within the developer and client side organisations are incredibly strong and we have been successfully placing many candidates into positions. If you have strong retail experience, this seems to be most in demand with opportunities in China and Hong Kong within some extremely desirable companies.

Project management positions continue to come through. We have roles within large or small developers and again, these are at a variety of seniority levels. We have seen an increase in the need for candidates to be stationed in China. A lot of people are keen to relocate to Hong Kong but unfortunately the need for candidates here is not as pressing. If you are a project management professional, who is architecturally trained or with strong delivery experience, on site, in China, we genuinely have some very interesting positions available – these roles will pay extremely well and will be located in some 2nd/3rd tier cities with the perks associated with slightly less desirable locations. We strongly believe that these opportunities are great career enhancers and our clients are extremely desirable top tier developers to work for.

Within architecture and design, the same applies as in July i.e. We are actively looking for senior design talent for companies in China. These are Associate Director and Design Director level people, the key being a real strength in design. We need good retail interiors candidates in Shanghai and strong hotel interiors candidates in all locations across China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Some of these are at Design Director level and offer great opportunities at a leadership level in the Asia market. Urban Designers and Planners are needed for roles in China and again, these are at a variety of levels of seniority.

Most Urgent Requirements

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

  • Assistant General Manager of Retail Leasing – Hong Kong working on top retail projects
  • Design Directors of Architecture – Creative Leaders Sought for a global design name
  • Director of Urban Design – Senior Opportunities for the Top Urban Design Talent
  • Senior Interior Designer/Design Directors – Hotels – International Hospitality Design Firms
  • Retail Interiors Candidates – International Design Firm with a great reputation for being top employers
  • Contract Managers/Quantity Surveyors – Senior roles with a reputable Hong Kong developer
  • Senior E&M Manager – Leading Hong Kong developer and hotel group
  • Senior Exhibition Designer – Top US Design Firm working on cultural projects
  • Leasing Directors – Luxury Retail Developer
  • Project Architect – Project Runner Needed for an Innovative Design Practice
  • Maintenance E&M Candidates – Top Retail Developer
  • Project Managers – anyone willing to be stationed in China on some truly epic projects!

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.

Please visit our website for more information on the above roles and our other vacancies:

http://www.ellicottlong.com/current-jobs.

If you wish to inquire about a position please send an email and your CV to apply@ellicottlong.com.

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