If you are a senior developer, corporate real estate services manager and Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) regulatory reporting accountant in Hong Kong, your job is safe in the year to come.

According to recruiting experts at Hays in Hong Kong, demand for skills of such professionals is so high that such workers do not need to ‘future-proof’ their career – which means they can be confident there will be job opportunities for them in future.

According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report, compliance professionals at all levels are in demand as HKMA continues to beef up on regulations.

In addition, finance managers with three years of experience remain wanted, as do candidates with international Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) experience.

“While companies with head offices in Hong Kong are keeping a close eye on the Chinese stock exchange, there remains a large volume of high demand vacancies that need to be filled,” says Dean Stallard, regional director of Hays in Hong Kong.

Driven by demand from financial sector senior developers in financial technology are sought for to work on trading systems, market connectivity and risk monitoring systems.

Lancy Chui, Vice President, ManpowerGroup Greater China Region also sees a booming trend in the finance sector.

“Benefits from stock connections with China continue to fuel hiring of security analysts and trading professionals to prepare the next wave of stock exchange links,” she said.

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“Banks are also increasingly looking for developers to go beyond their conventional technical role and consult with the business while also managing junior developers,” Stallard added.

Property professionals in Hong Kong are also in high demand, fuelled by a continuous stream of projects and low vacancy rates for office space, along with corporate real estate services managers, facilities managers and facilities officers .

The HR function also made the list, especially organisational development managers and learning & development managers.

The report explained this was due to the fact that multinationals are hiring more local executives and  are therefore looking to learning specialists to train future leaders, develop succession plans and monitor talent development.

Other ‘future-proof’ careers included  experienced senior mechanical engineers, analyst programmers, legal secretaries, demand planners and corporate lawyers.

Actuarial candidates, digital marketing experts and regulatory and quality assurance professionals were also found to be in demand.

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