Monthly Update: February 2013

This month’s update is a bit later and a bit briefer than usual – we are totally inundated with work at the moment which is great and means we will have lots more to report in March’s update! For now though:

Poll Result

At Chinese New Year a lot of firms pay their annual bonuses and conduct appraisals for their staff. We wanted to find out what people were expecting to get this year in terms of a percentage increase in their salary, either from their current employer or by moving to a new employer. Here are the results:

The results are actually in line with what the market has been offering in terms of pay increases in the last year or so. More than half of you are expecting a 6-10% pay increase this year. We have found the average actually pay increase is around 7-10% so this tallies with expectations generally. Quite a lot of people were not expecting more than 1-5% increase, 30% of you. Most interestingly we found that only 3% of all respondents expected a 15% or above pay increase. No one expected to receive more than 20% – this is quite telling as from a recruitment perspective as we often meet candidates who’s expectations are extremely high. Sometimes these expectations can go up towards 40% or even 50%! Part of our role is to manage these expectations to ensure they are in line with what the market is offering. The responses this month seem to indicate that people really expect much more realistic increases – there’s nothing wrong with trying to get more though!

Look out for our next poll coming right up after this post.

What’s Hot

The Chinese New Year rush of jobs is upon us! We will update more at the end of March once things have calmed down a little but if you take a look at February’s needs and multiply them then you have a good idea of what we are after.

Most Urgent Requirements

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

  • Project Managers – Hong Kong based on Hong Kong luxury residential projects – more roles have come through
  • Senior Interior Designers – hotel, retail and commercial experience needed for a global design studio
  • Architects – Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai – firms expanding due to new project wins – some roles filled, more people needed
  • Interior Project and Design Managers – China and Hong Kong options within top tier developers. We have filled a number of these but still need more
  • Leasing Officers and Assistant Leasing Managers – one of Hong Kong’s most desirable developers is now hiring – multiple roles
  • Urban Design Director – Shanghai – an international award winning architecture practice
  • Leasing Officers and Senior Leasing Officers – Retail experience candidates for a developer in Hong Kong – ongoing need for us. We are placing a lot of candidates here
  • Senior Project Managers – China – delivery experts needed for a number of projects in China
  • Architectural Assistants – Singapore – a leading architecture practice in the region looking for the future stars
  • Interior Designers and Senior Interior Designers – Hong Kong based positions with a hospitality design specialist
  • Project Manager Landscape Architecture – work with a Hong Kong top tier developer
  • Occupancy Planner – International design firm in Hong Kong
  • Retail Project Architect and Architectural Assistants – Hong Kong boutique retail design firm
  • Project Director – Hong Kong – innovative design firm looking for delivery experts with China language skills

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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One Response to Monthly Update: February 2013

  1. Interior Design Company Singapore says:

    i like this article and the increasing and decreasing chart

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