Hiring technology and innovation talent a priority as businesses adapt to new realities amid pandemic, KPMG survey
- Hiring of technology and innovation talent will grow as digitalisation became an urgent priority for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, KPMG survey finds
- Headcounts in consumer markets and real estate sectors seen weakening
Hiring of technology and innovation talent is expected to accelerate across sectors as businesses face uncertain economic prospects amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to KPMG.
“Digitalisation has become an urgent priority for businesses to adapt to the uncertain overall global economic prospects, and more recently as part of business continuity planning in view of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Murray Sarelius, partner and head of people services at KPMG.
According to the accounting and consulting firm’s annual employment trends survey, 52 per cent of those polled expect hiring of innovation and technology talent to increase, up from 44 per cent in last year’s survey amid rising demand for their skills in many sectors, including financial services.
“Traditionally, those [tech] skill sets will come from both within Hong Kong and from overseas [but] obviously at this time with Covid-19, it’s very difficult to employ from overseas,” said Sarelius, who presented the findings.
Technology roles including innovation, data, project managers and business analysts are still in demand despite a challenging first quarter, said Carly Adams, a director at professional recruitment firm Robert Walters.