The number of IT roles including supervisor, manager, programmer, and database administrator in Hong Kong saw a quarter-on-quarter growth of 2.9% growth to 29,249 in Q2, said Robert Walters recently.
The recruitment agency tracks advertisement volumes for various professional positions across leading job boards and national newspapers in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.
According to the firm, the overall job advertising figures in Hong Kong rose by 9.9% in comparison to Q1 2013 and by 6.9% compared to Q2 2012.
The retail sector continued to benefit from Chinese tourism and advertised roles in merchandising and purchasing rose by 16.2% on the first quarter, Robert Walters noted. Roles within accounting and finance also held, up 9.1% as a result of demand for professionals to support on-going corporate regulatory and compliance, the firm added.
"Although Chinese economic data suggests more modest growth, job ads for Q2 2013 remained stable. Tourist levels remain strong, up 20% year-on-year, which is good news for the retail sector, and the rise in minimum wage is also having a positive impact in this area," said Matthew Bennett, managing director, Robert Walters Greater China. "People are a little more cautious to move jobs and companies are creating fewer new positions at this moment in time. That said, people are still looking to Asia to source their products and Hong Kong remains a key logistical hub."