2019 IT market outlook

Digital transformation has been the constant driver of IT’s hiring agenda. With digital transformation projects ongoing in Hong Kong, new technologies being adopted at a rapid pace, and government investment, the employment scene for the technology sector will be bullish in 2019, with demand exceeding supply. 

 

Those with expertise in cloud computing, financial technology, backend architecture and cybersecurity will see the maximum increments in 2019. Across the board, the tech sector will see an average 4% salary increment.  

Businesses continue to pursue improved customer experience, efficiency and agility by shifting away from legacy architecture and adopting cloud-based solutions. Therefore, we anticipate steady demand for agile project managers with domain experience who can effectively communicate the technology roadmap across different functions and influence stakeholders to drive fast-paced projects; business analysts that possess excellent communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills; and software developers.


While the bulk of hiring in software development is java-based, full-stack developers are sought after for their ability to code front to back-end in new open source languages with the ability to take a concept and deliver a finished product. They will be able to command up to 30% salary increments when changing employers. The combination of technical skills, knowledge and adaptable personality traits can help candidates propel their career to new heights as companies are increasingly seeking team players with the aptitude for making smart commercial decisions.

 

To read more, download our 2019 market outlook & salary snapshot here.


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