Many property and construction firms have rolled out development projects in Hong Kong and the mainland, boosting demand for new talent and experienced professionals. 'Market improvements have prompted employers to expand operations and there is a demand for quality people with commitment to Asia,' says Chris Urban, associate director at property consultancy Redpath Partners. The increasing importance of a recognised professional membership drives companies to seek qualified candidates, he adds. 'Being qualified can mean the difference between getting an offer or not, and - in some circumstances - a sizeable difference in salary.' With building projects springing up on the mainland amid rapid urbanisation, project managers and architects with experience in residential, retail and mixed-use developments in Hong Kong and across the border are in demand, says Danny Dawson, director for Asia at Redpath Partners. The firm is hiring for more than 130 positions, including senior roles such as asset manager for an institutional real estate fund, interior designers and head of capital expense management, regional operations and investments to be based in Shanghai. 'Trends are leaning towards general managers able to oversee entire development processes, registered architects able to manage projects across the country, and general construction managers with mainland exposure to monitor the building process,' Urban says.