Talent Shortage Looms for Hong Kong's Finance Industry

According to the latest Robert Half Workplace Survey released this week, over 90% of employers in Hong Kong’s finance industry indicate a skills shortage in the current market, and 58% of them report this trend as a major and chronic shortage.


The survey shows that across the Asia Pacific region, the finance and accounting sector is experiencing a similar issue, with 82% of employers surveyed across the region acknowledging that rising demand for higher skills is not being matched by current supply.


The Robert Half Workplace Survey, conducted in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, reveals that over half (61%) of employers surveyed in Hong Kong observed a skills shortage of middle management staff followed by junior level (23%) and senior or director level staff (15%). According to the survey, one in five (23%) employers claimed that they are unable to find the right staff due to job seeker’s high salary expectations.


According to the Robert Half Workplace Survey, employers in Hong Kong’s finance industry are turning to various measures to address the talent shortage by actively updating the skills of existing staff through training and development (36%), hiring contract or temporary staff to help alleviate high workload (18%), and hiring new staff from overseas (13%). As a desperate measure to cope with the rising skills shortage, one in five (20%) employers surveyed in Hong Kong have indicated that they will pay whatever it cost to recruit the best finance and accounting talent.


The survey further reveals that out of the 71% of Hong Kong finance professionals who have attended training in the past 12 months, 44% of them found their training very relevant to the job but 83% want more training opportunities. The type of training that Hong Kong finance professionals want their employers to provide the most include leadership skills (18%); negotiating skills (14%); and team building skills (14%).


When asked the key reasons behind the talent shortage felt across Hong Kong’s finance industry, local employers attribute the situation to two key factors, including insufficient talent retention measures (23%) and companies not providing development opportunities (18%).




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