Monthly Update: March and April 2013

What a busy 2 months since our last update! This update combines news from March and April.

Poll Results

March Poll: In March we asked you what sort of bonus you have received or are expecting to receive during the traditional bonus season around Chinese New Year. The results are below:

Nearly two-thirds of you said you were expecting or had received 1 month’s bonus. This is generally the most typical level of bonus that we are told candidates do receive so didn’t come as too much of a surprise. 23% of you voted to say you received 2 month’s bonus – typically we find that bonuses of more than 1 month tend to come from client side roles within the developers. 7% received a 3 month bonus – this is a rare level to hit. No one claimed to have received more than this. Bonuses in most firms are entirely discretionary and usually based on personal and company performance. Those who really excel are generally rewarded well in Asia.

April Poll: In April we wanted to know which industry sectors you felt represented the best opportunities for growth within the Property and Construction in China. The results are below:

With nearly a quarter of votes was the retail sector with 24% of you feeling that this represented the best opportunities for growth in China. Close behind with 20% was infrastructure and transportation followed by hotels and hospitality with 16%. These top 3 results reflect what we are generally finding when clients are requesting we find certain candidates for them – people with retail, transportation and hotel experience are certainly in high demand and a lot of clients are definitely focusing their efforts on developing retail projects across China. We were quite interested to see that healthcare and education made up 20% of the total votes – this is certainly a developing market in China and one that clients are still very cautious about tapping into. There is no doubt though that a huge amount of growth potential is on offer in these sectors as more and more cities are developed. It will be interesting to see how this trend changes in the coming years. Commercial sectors make up the majority though for now perhaps unsurprisingly.

What’s Hot

All our sectors were incredibly busy throughout March and April.

Our leasing, sales and marketing business goes from strength to strength with mandates coming in thick and fast for candidates at all levels. We have been successful in placing a large number of candidates into leasing roles, particularly within the retail sector. We have also had more requests coming through for more experienced candidates to manage large projects in China or even multiple projects. Strong leasing and negotiating skills are required and candidates with a solid background in a developer environment are almost guaranteed to find companies interested in their profiles.

With architecture and design we have continued to find high demand exists for experienced architects with strong experience in China and the language skills. Clients are continuing to hire these candidates and more projects seem to be being given the green light in China. We are also in need of strong interior designers, ideally with a retail background across all regions in Asia. In addition we have some specific and exciting needs for candidates with Project Management and BIM backgrounds as well as candidates with Occupancy Planning experience.

Within the Project Management space we have been inundated with client requests for Project Managers at all levels to be based in China. Our strong relationships with the top tier developers is really allowing us to provide candidates with tangible and meaningful introductions to opportunities on some truly outstanding projects. Candidates with architecture or engineering backgrounds remain in demand and as always, the need for candidates to be based in China remains a priority. Occasional needs for Hong Kong based candidates do come through but competition for these positions is very high. We are also finding that there is high demand for maintenance candidates within our developer clients – these roles are for candidates who can manage an existing portfolio and the upkeep of these properties.

Most Urgent Requirements

We have outlined below the urgent vacancies we have had through from clients over the last couple of months.

  • Project Managers – China and Hong Kong requirements for candidates with architecture and engineering backgrounds and strong project management skills
  • Architects – Hong Kong – up to Senior Associate level with an international award winning firm
  • Senior Leasing Manager – Hong Kong – key position in a top tier developer
  • Leasing Officers – Hong Kong – ongoing need within one of the top retail developers in the region
  • Project Director – China – a super high rise tower needs someone to lead the project for the developer
  • Project Manager BIM – Shanghai – acclaimed design firm and signature project
  • Occupancy Planner – Hong Kong – work within a key blue chip company to manage all their occupancy needs
  • Interior Designers – Hong Kong, China and Singapore – retail experience required on some exciting schemes – mall and luxury store work available
  • Hotel Interior Designers – Hong Kong – hospitality designers needed for a number of high profile schemes
  • Maintenance Officers – Hong Kong – top retail developer with an ongoing need
  • E&M Project Manager – China – a listed developer in Hong Kong looking for someone to be stationed on a project in China
  • Quantity Surveyor – China – top tier developer needs an experienced QS for a high quality project
  • Project Manager Interiors – China – a requirement within one of Hong Kong’s leading developers. High end hotel/office project.

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.

Follow us on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/ellicottlong. Please also subscribe to our blog by filling in the email subscription form on the right to stay up to date with our latest posts, updates and information.

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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.

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.

Follow us on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/ellicottlong. Please also subscribe to our blog by filling in the email subscription form on the right to stay up to date with our latest posts, updates and information.

Monthly Update: January 2013

Poll Result

This month we had a really strong response to our poll which asked about what influences you to take a job when taking money/package out of the equation. The results can be seen below:

The most popular response (20%) was based on whether the company had a high staff turnover or not. Close behind (17% and 16%) were based on a company’s reputation in both the press and their general perceived level of prestige in the markets. We were not too surprised to see that the opinion of friends was also deemed important (14%) followed by whether the company had a good reputation with regards to how they treated staff. Overall the most important factors seem to revolve around whether the firm treats their staff well and keeps them and whether they have a good reputation generally in the market.

The answer relating to the opinion of friends is something worth mentioning – we often find candidates turn down options, often before even an interview has taken place, based on what a friend has said about a company – whilst it is extremely important to get the opinion of others before making a final decision on taking a job we would definitely urge caution about deciding on an opportunity BEFORE any interview has even taken place. This is becoming a major reason for some candidates not getting options to consider – the more open minded candidates in the market are the ones who are willing to speak to and meet with companies and who ultimately base their decision on a written offer that they have received. At this point the decision is in the candidate’s hands and they can still elect to turn down the opportunity if they choose but at least they are in a position of power when it comes to being able to negotiate. We would say to all candidates that whilst a number of factors should be taken into consideration when deciding on a particularly company, the best way to assess things fully is to get in front of that company, meet them for interview and see what they have to say and what they can offer. Combining this process with the opinion of others and by considering the company’s overall market reputation puts you in the strongest position to make the right decision about your next move.

What’s Hot

Following the Christmas holidays and in the run up to Chinese New Year we have been inundated with new positions from clients. This is traditionally a slightly unusual time of year with a lot of companies rushing to meet deadlines before the big holiday in China but this year has been slightly different – sentiment in China seems to be improving and clients seem very keen to get people on board early in 2013.

With design and architecture our needs have included new requirements for architects in Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai with practices who have signed new project contracts in early 2013. Candidates with strong design ability and experience with BIM software seem to be in high demand. In Hong Kong, the focus remains with interior design candidates who have a strong mix of hotel and/or corporate experience. More and more companies are looking for staff with in this space and there don’t seem to be enough candidates to fulfill these needs!

Within our Project Management sector our developer clients are ramping up their hiring for 2013 with an increase in the usual requirements for candidates. Namely strong experience in China with a willingness to be stationed on projects in a variety of cities. We have also had an increase in their requests for Hong Kong candidates to be based in Hong Kong who have experience on local projects and who understand how to work with government submissions. We genuinely have a variety of opportunities for good experienced project managers so please do get in touch if you are thinking about your next move.

With sales, marketing and leasing we have received a number of new mandates for candidates both in Hong Kong and China. In China we have a need for strong experienced candidates with good luxury retail brand experience on the leasing side. A top tier developer is also keen to employ a variety of business management and even HR people to their business in Southern China. In Hong Kong, we have a continuing need for good leasing candidates from Assistant to Senior level to work with some very prestigious developers. We have built some extensive relationships with some very desirable firms who are working very closely with us on their needs. Please contact us for information on leasing, marketing or sales positions in Hong Kong or China with some top tier developers.

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
  • Senior Interior Designers – hotel experience needed for an award winning firm in Hong Kong
  • Architects – Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai – firms expanding due to new project wins
  • 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
  • Leasing Officers and Senior Leasing Officers – Retail experience candidates for a developer in Hong Kong – continuing need with lots of openings
  • Senior Project Managers – China – delivery experts needed for a number of projects in China
  • Architectural Assistants – Shanghai (and 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
  • Senior Architects – Beijing – small office of an international award winning design firm looking to grow
  • HR Manager – Southern China – top tier international developer

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.

Follow us on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/ellicottlong. Please also subscribe to our blog by filling in the email subscription form on the right to stay up to date with our latest posts, updates and information.

Monthly Update: December 2012

Happy New Year to you all and we hope you all have a prosperous 2013!

Poll Result

In December we asked our followers and readers to tell us what they thought about how the Construction and Property industry in Asia had performed in 2012. Throughout last year we had conducted polls to gauge sentiment at that time but we were keen to see what people thought now the year had actually finished. Here are the results:

The vast majority of respondents, 56%, actually felt 2012 was “ok” – this implies that growth continued but wasn’t anywhere near the levels experienced in previous years. The fact that 40% of people felt there was a slight slowdown in fact shows how unusual 2012 perhaps was. With 96% of you all saying it was either ok or slightly slow, this fits in with the sentiment we experienced across the market. Not to say that we were not busy with positions but the clients were exhibiting high levels of caution. Talking to people in the industry, the reason for this caution seemed to lie with the change of government in China which took place in November – a lot of companies were not sure how this would influence the markets in the region and as such a lot of companies took a very slow, cautious approach to their growth and development. What we would say is that since the changeover, sentiment has improved drastically in line with the seemingly better economic news coming from China and companies are extremely positive about prospects in the coming year. How this reflects on recruitment will probably take some time to show itself. We think that we will continue to receive high levels of vacancies from our clients this year but many will want to maintain their cautious approach to hiring ensuring they are getting the right people for the jobs they need to fill. We sense that the way firms hire in Asia has matured in 2012 and the boom and bust culture of company growth of previous years has now been replaced by a more planned and measured approach to hiring. Either way we still need lots of people (see below)!

What’s Hot

December is traditionally a wind down month in the run up to holidays – not this year for us!

Within our Sales, Marketing and Leasing business we were inundated with new vacancies from our clients. A big area of focus was for retail leasing staff – anywhere from junior to Director level appointments in both Hong Kong and China. We have also been given a number of senior mandates for Director level candidates for key developers opening new portfolios in China – these will be opportunities for leasing and property management individuals and will offer significant packages for the successful candidates. A number of new marketing positions within developers have also come through and we are confident that if you are a leasing or marketing professional in Hong Kong or China, with experience in a developer, particularly within the retail sector, then it is likely we can assist you.

Within architecture and design, vacancies from our clients in China kept coming through. Strong design led architects are needed by a number of high profile firms in Shanghai and Beijing. They key here really is design ability and how the candidate can communicate their ideas effectively to the team and to clients. A number of our clients are really pushing for prestigious high quality work at the moment and if you are an architect, either locally based or working overseas in a strong design firm, there are opportunities in China to really unleash your design potential and gain creative freedom. Similarly we still need talent interior designers in Hong Kong – particularly those with commercial and hotel backgrounds. Retail interiors candidates in China are also still required. Good all round designers are preferred – those with good design AND technical ability. Senior opportunities still exist for Design Director level candidates in Shanghai and Beijing – possibly Shenzhen. Whilst overseas candidates again may be considered, really the clients have been able to shortlist applicants locally. If you are overseas and working within a top design name this will be of interest to our clients. Want to work in China in 2013 and experience life in a dynamic and developing market? Then please do get in touch.

Roles for Project Management professionals within our developer clients continue to flow in. Clients still need people to be stationed in China in various locations. If you can be flexible in what you will consider they will pay you well and offer some truly outstanding projects to work on! Candidates with architectural backgrounds remain in highest demand although we are also looking for Design Manager/Project Managers with interior design backgrounds too. Similarly there are a number of very high profile developers looking for candidates in their Hong Kong offices. These candidates must have strong Hong Kong delivery experience and preferably within the luxury residential space – no prizes for guessing what types of properties our developer clients are on in Hong Kong at the moment! Despite the press suggesting a cooling of the residential market in Hong Kong, our clients are still growing their teams in this space and the indications we have are that they plan to continue to build residential projects in the coming years. For all our Project Management positions we are able to accommodate candidates ranging from Assistant Project Managers through to Project Directors. All our clients are offering really strong financial incentives to join them and if you are thinking about making the switch from consultancy side to the developer side then we have opportunities in a number of firms to do so.

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
  • Senior Interior Designers – hotel and corporate experience for firms in Hong Kong
  • Senior Design Architects – China – Creativity is key here.
  • Interior Project Managers – China and Hong Kong options within top tier developers
  • Leasing Director – China – key position working on a prestigious portfolio for an international developer
  • Leasing Officers and Senior Leasing Officers – Retail experience candidates for a developer in Hong Kong
  • Senior Project Managers – China – delivery experts needed for a number of projects in China
  • Senior Manager Leasing – team leadership position in Hong Kong to manage the entire team within this listed developer
  • Interior Designers and Senior Interior Designers – Hong Kong based positions within an Established Design Name
  • Senior Architects – China – good all round individuals capable of design and delivery.
  • Project Managers – anyone willing to be stationed in China on some truly epic projects! Hong Kong positions too…

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.

Follow us on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/ellicottlong. Please also subscribe to our blog by filling in the email subscription form on the right to stay up to date with our latest posts, updates and information.

Monthly Update: November 2012

Poll Result

We had a very good response this month to our poll with many of you voting to tell us what you look for in a recruiter. The results can be seen below:

The two things rated most highly were consultants with honesty and integrity and consultants with good client relationships. We think this is quite telling. The most common complaints we get from candidates who have come to us having previously worked with other recruiters is that the other consultants have lacked honest/integrity and that they didn’t seem to be able to do anything other than send a CV to HR i.e. they lacked strong client relationships. If a recruiter is simply offering a CV sending service (which 0% of you voted for) then there is limited value being added to the recruitment process. Career advice and receiving feedback were also rated as important. A good consultant, even if they cannot help someone, should be able to provide feedback as to why and offer general advice to point someone in the right direction. As recruiters however there is a balance we have to strike – we receive MANY applications every day and unfortunately cannot help or respond to all people if they do not fit the requirements of our clients. It is very easy for a recruiter to end up as a career counselor to candidates and to become distracted from finding the right people for their clients. It is important therefore as a candidate to really understand if you do fill the requirements of an recruiter’s advertised position by carefully checking the listed requirements. If a position is stated as needing a language skill which you do not have then a client will not consider someone without this.

What’s Hot

November has seen a surprising uplift in the number of requirements we have had come through to us considering a lot of clients start to focus on the holidays at this time of year.

One of our biggest clients is massively expanding their retail leasing team and continually taking on candidates in Hong Kong in this space. Leasing candidates with experience in commercial and retail properties are in high demand with both developers and with some consultancies. We have positions at senior and junior levels.

With architecture and design, the need for strong design led candidates has increased with opportunities becoming available in China with some international practices. New today we have some Director level positions with a design firm in their Shanghai and Beijing offices. All the positions we have now do really need candidates to have had experience working in China before, even when considering non-Mandarin speakers. Opportunities exist in interior design in Hong Kong – hotel and commercial experience ideally.

In Project Management our developer needs continue with people required for positions in Hong Kong and China. In essence, if you are currently with a developer, have delivered projects in China or Hong Kong for a developer and are interested in a change, we can probably help you! Architecture, Interior Design and Engineering experience are all backgrounds we are looking for.

Most Urgent Requirements

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

  • Project Manager – Hong Kong based on Hong Kong projects and now China project positions too
  • Directors of Architecture – Design Leaders Sought for a global design name in Shanghai and Beijing
  • Design Architects – China – Design Flair and China experience critical
  • Project Manager Hotel Interiors – Consultancy Firms and Developers Need People Here (still)
  • Operations Director – Key Role for an Architecture Firm in Shanghai
  • Leasing Officers and Senior Leasing Officers – Top Retail Developer in Hong Kong and China
  • Contract Managers/Quantity Surveyors – Senior roles with a number of reputable Hong Kong developers
  • Leasing Manager – Luxury Retail Developer
  • Interior Designers and Senior Interior Designers – Hong Kong based positions within an Established Design Name
  • Marketing Manager – International design firm in China
  • Project Managers – anyone willing to be stationed in China on some truly epic projects! Some Hong Kong positions now too…

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.

Follow us on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/ellicottlong. Please also subscribe to our blog by filling in the email subscription form on the right to stay up to date with our latest posts, updates and information.

Monthly Update: October 2012

Poll Result

Our poll this month asked you to tell us what reasons you have typically been given if you have been rejected for a job in the past. The results are below:

The top three answers were lack of language skills, not enough regional experience and unwilling to be based in certain locations. Unsurprisingly these responses mirror closely the feedback we get as recruiters. These three answers make up 62% of all the votes cast, a clear sign of what companies are looking for at the moment. We were quite surprised that salary did not feature as highly as a reason although candidates are learning to be more flexible in their expectations in a market where clients are more demanding.

One of the ways to minimise the responses outlined above is to ensure that if you are applying for a job that you read the job advert really carefully. If language skills are required it is no good trying to apply for a position if you don’t have them. Similarly with regional experience or the need to be based somewhere specific. If you don’t have the experience requested or are not willing to be based in the location advertised there is no point applying for that position. Clients are being very specific about what they are looking for at the moment and will wait for candidates that fit their requirements to apply.

Thank you for all your votes and we will soon have another poll for you all to vote on.

What’s Hot

October has been busy, even with the holidays in China at the start of the month. Needs across all our specialist sectors remain high and we have had a lot of new client referrals in the last month, particularly on the developer side. The sentiment to hire remains strong with our clients and most seem to be predicting a positive end to 2012 and a good 2013 to come which is great news!

Our leasing, marketing and business development sector remains very busy. Positions for senior leasing candidates with retail backgrounds are still coming through and we have positions from junior to senior level in Hong Kong and across China with some very exciting companies. We continue to foresee strong growth in this area of our business and strongly recommend you to contact us if you are thinking of a new position in these sectors.

A number of new clients came on board in October on the developer side through recommendations from our existing clients. Our project management sector remains very busy, even in the run up to the holiday period. It seems clients are keen to make sure they maintain the momentum in hiring to ensure they are not competing heavily for the limited candidate pool come January and post Chinese New Year 2013. As with previous months, the majority of these roles continue to need architecturally trained staff and we also have more positions for people with Quantity Surveying / Cost Control backgrounds. There are needs for staff to be stationed in Hong Kong and also in China still. It is likely that if you have a strong project management background we can assist you (depending on what you have done already). Our focus on the key decision maker relationships with our clients is really paying dividends in what we are able to do for candidates. We can get tangible and real feedback for you from people who are making hiring decisions. We believe that in a saturated recruitment market like that currently in Hong Kong this really allows us to add value above and beyond that of our competitors.

We have many needs for architecture and design candidates in China and Hong Kong. Some of these are quite senior positions and some may also be open to candidates who are not Chinese speaking. We must point out however that clients will still focus on those with the language skills as a first preference and to consider anything outside of this they will look for quite specific skills and experiences. Usually this will be extremely strong China based experience (3-5 years) or experience within a “starchitect” type company. We also have interior design positions in Hong Kong at a junior level for both hotel and corporate design firms. There is also a need for more experienced staff in these sectors.

Most Urgent Requirements

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

  • Project Manager – Hong Kong based on Hong Kong projects
  • Design Directors of Architecture – Creative Leaders Sought for a global design name
  • Project Architects – Hong Kong and China – Project Runners needed for Projects Region-Wide
  • Project Manager Hotel Interiors – Consultancy Firms and Developers Need People Here
  • Retail Interiors Candidates – Immediate opportunities from Junior to Senior level
  • Corporate Interiors Candidates – Immediate options available at a Junior and Senior Level
  • Contract Managers/Quantity Surveyors – Senior roles with a number of reputable Hong Kong developers
  • Associate Directors of Architecture and Interior Design – key roles in Shanghai for a highly regarded design firm
  • Leasing Director – Luxury Retail Developer
  • Maintenance E&M Candidates – Top Retail Developer – still need people here, ongoing requirements
  • Leasing Managers – Key positions on retail projects in various locations in China. Top tier international developer
  • Marketing Manager – International design firm in China
  • Project Managers – anyone willing to be stationed in China on some truly epic projects! Some Hong Kong positions now too…

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.

Follow us on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/ellicottlong. Please also subscribe to our blog by filling in the email subscription form on the right to stay up to date with our latest posts, updates and information.

Monthly Update: September 2012

Poll Result

In our September Poll we asked for your views on when you would expect to receive feedback following an interview. The results can be seen below:

Over half of you expect to receive interview feedback within 1 week of attending an interview. Another 40% of you said you would expect to hear feedback with 2-3 days of an interview. This isn’t really so surprising. Most of our candidates chase us for feedback after an interview and it shows a level of enthusiasm for the opportunity. Average feedback time from clients can vary greatly. Some are very quick, often coming back within a day or two with feedback and next steps. Some companies however are very slow in providing feedback. It isn’t uncommon for some people to have a lengthy multiple interview process spanning a number of months – although this is usually for more senior hires. Part of our roles is to represent you to the client and ensure they provide us with timely feedback. The advantage of working with a recruiter that has strong client relationships is that we can influence the feedback process and move things forward effectively in the vast majority of cases. We will be passing on the poll results to our clients and making recommendations based on your votes. Thanks to all who voted!

What’s Hot

September was even busier than our incredibly busy August! A range of new roles and clients came through the door and we placed record numbers of people into work. Demand seems to be increasing, particularly in China and by using our strong client relationships we have been able to help companies find some very good people in the last couple of months.

Our leasing, marketing and business development sector continues to go from strength-to-strength with new positions in a number of top tier developers and client side organisations coming through. Positions for senior leasing candidates with retail backgrounds are still coming through and we also need Property Management candidates and even some HR people for roles at our clients. We continue to foresee strong growth in this area of our business and strongly recommend you to contact us if you are thinking of a new position in these sectors.

We received a number of new Project Management positions ranging from Project Management through to Project Director level with developers and operators in Hong Kong and China. The majority of these roles continue to need architecturally trained staff although we also have a number of positions for people with Quantity Surveying / Cost Control backgrounds. We are also fortunate to have some needs for staff based in Hong Kong with frequent travel. For those of you who follow our blog and speak to us regularly you will know how rare this can be! That said, we still need people to be placed on site in some interesting locations in China.

Within architecture and design we have received a lot of new instructions in August. We need architects in Hong Kong and across China. These will be candidates either with strong design backgrounds (in China mainly) or good Project Runners (in Hong Kong mainly). We still need good senior level team leader candidates in Shanghai and Beijing up to Director level. The key here would be design leadership. The same interior designers are needed although some of best clients have opened up the search for us to find them junior staff, which is really unusual for a recruiter. If you are talented and enthusiastic and want the chance to work with internationally recognised design firms, we have multiple opportunities in Hong Kong and even China for junior interiors candidates. Retail design seems a particular focus but the need for hotel designers also remains.

Most Urgent Requirements

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

  • Manager of Retail Leasing – Hong Kong working on top retail projects
  • Design Directors of Architecture – Creative Leaders Sought for a global design name
  • Project Architects – Hong Kong and China – Project Runners needed for Projects Region-Wide
  • Project Manager Hotel Interiors – Consultancy Firms and Developers Need People Here
  • Retail Interiors Candidates – Immediate opportunities from Junior to Senior level
  • Contract Managers/Quantity Surveyors – Senior roles with a reputable Hong Kong developer and also a Hotel Group
  • Project Director – Luxury Hospitality Developer
  • Leasing Director – Luxury Retail Developer
  • Maintenance E&M Candidates – Top Retail Developer – still need people here
  • Project Managers – anyone willing to be stationed in China on some truly epic projects! Some Hong Kong positions now too…

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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