March 1st, 2011
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Many companies are making a big push for hiring in Asia in 2011. If you've got certain skill sets, you could be in the driver's seat. Hays Recruitment agency recently surveyed more than 500 companies in mainland China and Hong Kong.  The agency discovered companies in one of the world’s hottest markets are having a difficult time finding the right candidate in three sectors: sales, engineering and accounting.


During the recession, companies pared down their sales and marketing departments. Many firms have been working with skeleton staffs but now they're ready to refill these old positions.  "Health care sales reps [are] a big new industry in China. The growing middle class can afford personal health care. A big chunk (of demand) we're seeing is in the health care area like pharmaceuticals and hospitals in China," says Emma Charnock, Hays regional manager.  Candidates who are bilingual and have basic science or medical backgrounds have the biggest edge.

Engineering /Architect / Design

Despite China's efforts to slow down its economy, there are still many major construction projects slated for 2011. You will see everything from luxury shopping malls to high-speed rail projects. There's increasing demand for architects and designers for luxury stores, hotels and corporate interiors.

Major infrastructure projects like high-speed rail are creating demand for engineers with rail and tunneling experience. Yet it’s very difficult to find these candidates locally in Asia, Charnock says. Chinese companies often hire candidates from the U.K., Australia and the United States.  There's demand for "Engineering Procurement Construction Managers" - someone who can oversee a project from beginning to end.

Singapore is another good possibility for job-seekers. The government rail projects there make up a major portion of the construction market. These projects are looking for estimators, station managers, tunnel managers and design engineers.

Accounting & Finance

In the finance industry, bonuses were paid out in February around the Lunar New Year holiday. Now with bonuses safely in hand, many employees are itching to switch jobs.  There's been a lot of movement in banking with rising demand for financial planners and analysts.  "In 2010, we saw salary increases of 10-15% and we expect a similar trajectory for 2011," says Charnock. "We're seeing a definite increase in demand for executive roles like CFOs."

Many multinational companies indicate they may try to localize their senior management teams in China by hiring local candidates with China experience or overseas experience. So job-seekers with bilingual and bicultural skills are highly marketable. Candidates who have experience working under USGAAP  (United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) are also in demand since many multi-nationals in Asia are operating under these accounting standards.


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  1. roxieschmitz

    I dont feel like i should be forced to have health insurance, I think everyone would like to have health insurance if they could afford it. If you need affordable health insurance search online "Wise Health Insurance" you dont want to be with out insurance any time.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  2. Kam

    If I didn't have obligations here I would definitely go for a job in Singapore.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  3. DC

    I will NOT move to a communist dystopia just for a paycheck.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  4. Omar, Riverside, California

    Aside from the top being off topic. I do not agree. I think everyone should be forced to carry some form of insurance. And if you can not carry some form then there should be a national health care insurance. One incompasing medicare social insurance and the like. You fill out a form and get one card that you can carry with you and have insurance. Yet the nah sayers would say where would the money come from well. Taxes. It is better to pay for health insurance then the greedy pockets of the senators who ditch their work in support of facist unions.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  5. casualsurfer

    @roxieschmitz: we ALL pay for the uninsured when they rush into the emergency room because they couldn't afford to pay for basic medical care and we all end up paying for the $1000 Band-Aid and the $2000 Neosporin treatment. So instead of spamming, why don't you travel to China and find a real job?

    March 1, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  6. Kim

    ...China is not a communist dystopia. It's a capitalist society with a somewhat communist government that is in massive transition between an old-guard core government that is slow to change and newer people who are interested in changing their society further. Their economy is already mostly capitalist. I have often seen people complain about how the Chinese government protects parts of their economy from external competition. This isn't surprising at all, nor is it abnormal. The U.S. government does this with lots of things and many Americans would like them to protect certain segments of the economy more - from China.

    After the Tiananmen incident, China very cautiously expanded the "franchise" of voting by allowing more people to take a test to gain Party membership and therefore vote in party election. However, their government system is slow to allow people in, which has allowed a lot of nepotism. From what I saw (yes, I lived in China for several years), the higher echelons are likely not terribly corrupt, because they keep a close eye on each other, and avoid allowing the developments of "cults of personality" and too many family connections. On the other hand, the middle and lower tiers of government definitely suffer from corruption in the ranks, misconduct is common, and it's a labyrinthine mess - the infamous "Chinese bureaucracy" is alive and well, regardless of if there's an Emperor or not. And everyone knows it; it's plastered all over the news in China and outside, when local politicians are strung up for corruption. The upper ranks are fighting a very classic problem.

    Considering the history of China, I would say that although this may not be a "dynasty" and as I said there's no Emperor, they are still suffering from the classic problems of Chinese government: a disconnection of the upper ranks from the lower bureaucracy and the common folk, and a sort of stasis, an unwillingness to change some of the system. While I actually applaud that they have not rushed blindly into changing everything too quickly (see Russia), I think they still need to accept that they need to change their governance and economic systems further.

    However, before condemning outright, look carefully at the situation. Many people outside of Asia (and some in it) still picture of the China of the 1960s and think of some mysterious Communist Menace. The Cold War is over. We need to get along with each other to face the crises of the future, such as the economic and ecological messes that we have set ourselves up for. For some reason, humanity is always looking for a villain somewhere. It's one of our flaws.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  7. Emma

    I believe employments of this nature are occuring all over the emerging economies and not China alone. Stop exagurating China successes and failures.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  8. john-jones

    I hope when finished your assignment in China you could still act like a human being...

    March 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  9. dontbuythehype

    very interesting that design and the like are being done by westerners...all of the rote learning education Japan, Korea, and China are so proud of (and it misinterpreted by our President and the US media as genius) and they cannot find the creative power now? Hmmmm....

    March 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  10. Fabio Rodriguez

    Many multinational companies indicate they may try to localize their senior management teams in China by hiring local candidates with China experience or overseas experience. So job-seekers with bilingual and bicultural skills are highly marketable.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  11. Felix

    Please email contact details.I am interested in sales(e-com/e-business).

    I can foward a cv if interested.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  12. Steve Thompson

    China's one child policy is now coming home to roost. Over the coming decades, increased labour shortages will result in vastly higher labour costs which will create yet another export from China – inflation.

    Here's a look at the demographic issues facing China and how they will impact the rest of the world:

    March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  13. nonthinkingasian

    dontbuythehype: It's not because of Western stereotypes of Chinese rote learning that Chinese need western designers. It's because years of Western wealth has made the West the design and artistic centres of the planet. Taste takes a generation to cultivate so for now the best ideas still come from the West although ironically a lot of high-end fashion from Western fashion houses are already actually designed in China and sold to the likes of Gucci etc. What's also ironic is that Westerners like dontbuythehype and DC don't have the independent thought to question what they read. That's a telling sign of the world's economic future.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  14. moses

    i would love to work there if you compare the African market and china market where they are doing very well i would run for that extra pay check all those are complaining about china being a communist country am sure they are doing well in their countries, i feel it its a good opportunity for people who need diverse experience in terms of demographics

    March 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  15. Chronic

    This is the chance for the west to infilterate china they way they did to us!Go, get the jobs, rise and then snitch on them!

    March 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  16. sand

    oooooh, nice picture... drool... wait, what was this article about again?

    March 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  17. joe

    So how does an American Expat, with tons of corporate finance and USGAAP and UK Accounting experience apply for a job in China? Any websites, recruiters, govt agencies one can contact??


    March 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  18. hiptobesquare

    A big reason these positions are available is the "Eastern" hype over tech professions, programming, computer engineering etc. Over the last 10 years it has been extremely profitable and the "cool" job everyone there wants. They dont see engineering/design/finance as a very desirable job. Everyone goes into these technology fields because they want to make alot of money and be hackers etc. but the competition is so huge that most end up not using the degrees they recieve, then there is no one to do the less "glamorous" jobs.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  19. alejandro cervantes

    China needs to settle down some behavior in normal terms at least fior the next tew months for the rest of us to undertand what they are triying to acomplish. It is only two montns.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  20. Yaser Ahmed Omer

    Channel exaggeration We hope further progress

    March 2, 2011 at 4:26 am |
  21. Sanjay kumar chaudhary

    I am interested business in china. I am Indian i like Hot product sale in India.

    March 17, 2011 at 5:41 am |
  22. Pejman

    I think you are right there is a high demand for qualified candidates specifically in the pharmaceutical and medical industry. With a degree from an English speaking country you should be able to find very easy a position in China. You can have a look on the site

    March 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
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    And oyu so tried to do?


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