Digital transformation in S-E Asia to continue driving recruitment

PETALING JAYA: Digital transformation across multiple industries in South-East Asia will continue to drive recruitment in 2017, according to international recruitment specialist Robert Walters.

In particular, it noted that IT professionals with niche skill sets and good business acumen would be in a strong position to negotiate higher salaries and choose between multiple job offers.

Robert Walters Malaysia managing director Sally Raj said there would also be strong competition for digital marketing specialists in the region.

She added that as the regional banking and financial services industry faced a tougher regulatory environment, the demand for legal, risk and compliance specialists would be on the uptrend this year, similar to last year.

“Managers that are looking to hire top talent this year are advised, among others, to shorten recruitment processes, and offer competitive salaries, flexible working and career-development opportunities.

“There will be a continuation to the strong demand globally and also in the region for professionals with the technical expertise to help companies implement digitalisation projects going into 2017.

“Skill sets in highest demand will include big data, cloud computing, DevOps, analytics, e-commerce, cyber security and financial technology (fintech),” she told StarBiz.

According to Robert Walters, recruitment in the region is buoyed by strong economic growth, rising business confidence and more international companies establishing bases in the region.

It noted that there was further pressure on already limited talent pools, particularly in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Phillipines, with countries focusing on tempting overseas professionals back home.

Salaries continued to rise in some sectors, including IT, offering average increases of 25% to 30% for those talent moving into other companies, it said.

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