Opinion Poll: June 2013

As we enter the second part of the year, we are keen to revisit an old poll we posted this time last year to assess our readers opinions on the state of our industry in the region for the remainder of the year. Are you confident things will be positive? Are you worried things are looking weak? Tell us by voting elow.

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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.

Opinion Poll: April 2013

This month we are keen to see which sectors you feel offer the greatest potential growth opportunities for the Construction and Property industries in China in the coming few months/years. Please tell us what you think below by selecting up to 3 options. Do you think the retail sector will continue to boom? Will companies start to focus on healthcare projects more? We want to know. As always, we will discuss the results in our monthly update. Thank you for voting!

Opinion Poll: February 2013

*Poll now closed – thank you for voting and the results can be seen below*

It is that time of year again in Asia where companies conduct their annual salary and staffing reviews and give out the New Year bonuses. We would be interested to find out if you are expecting to receive a pay increase from your current company this year and if so how much. Please tell us in this month’s poll by voting below:

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.

Opinion Poll: December 2012

As the end of the year approaches we are keen to see how you have all felt things have been in 2012 for our industry in Asia.

Has it been a busy positive year for you? Have things slowed down? We are keen to know. Next month we will find out how you feel about things going into 2013.

As always, thank you for voting!