Market Update Q2 2015

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I wanted to give you a quick update on the market for Q2. Hope you find this useful! We’ve also included a career tip for jobseekers at the end of this newsletter.

Market’s general performance


General state of the job market:

  • Banking Technology: It has picked up a lot! Compared to Q1, it felt as though this sector got an adrenaline boost! Much more buoyant towards the middle/latter half of Q2. We have had many new roles across our Investment Banking / Commercial Banking clients. This also includes brokerages, securities firms, market makers and so on
  • Insurance Technology: Also, very active initially but got less so towards the end of the quarter. Once the senior hires are well settled in their roles, we expect hiring to pick up again
  • Retail Technology: Not as active. There are roles but we saw many more IT roles in the commerce/retail world last year compared to this year
Technologies and roles we see in growing demand:

HTML5/JavaScript: We see a lot of our Investment Banking clients, Securities Firms and even buy side firms move on to building Front End UI in HTML5. A lot of them are moving away from VC++/C# WPF to HTML5. Going web-based seems to be the trend and we see a serious shortage of candidates who have this skill and are at the right calibre to be able to work in a banking environment

Quantitative Developers: A lot of firms, especially on the buy side want quants who can also code their own strategies. This is also becoming popular on the sell side. Basically, Quants who can code strategies in C++ and also have knowledge of scripting/python. A good quant with the tech skill-set is not easy to find

Data Scientists: Data Scientists is relatively a new terminology. Essentially, someone who can make sense of large amounts of data and come up with patterns that can benefit the business. This could be analytics or trading patterns (tick data). A lot of our clients are looking for candidates with knowledge of Big Data, Hadoop and ideally someone who has “been there, done that” in finance (with the relevant math skills and a finance degree or CFA)

Other info on the market:

� The number of tech jobs in the junior-mid/senior-mid level sector (AVP-VP) has tremendously increased. The number of senior level roles (ED+) in banking has remained fairly similar compared to the first quarter. The number of senior level roles in the Insurance Sector went up in Q2 compared to Q1

� Local banks/China-based banks are very active. More so than Western Banks. Developers (Java/C++/C#/J2EE/Mobile) who can speak Chinese in addition to good English have been in demand in the junior-mid/senior-mid bracket. Risk/Regulatory roles have been in demand in the Senior bracket (ED+)

Career Tip:

Don’t apply to jobs with a one-size-fits-all CV!

� This seems rather commonsensical but as the saying goes, “common sense sometimes isn’t very common”. We usually get multiple CVs from the same candidate who would be applying to BA roles, PM roles and Development roles with the same CV. Upon speaking to this person, we’d come to know that this person has done a little bit of everything and hence the application to different kinds of roles. However, this does not help. A tailor made CV is like a bespoke suit. It fits better and makes the applicant look better. Take the time to get one done and when applying to recruiters, please send over the CV in Word format.

Hope you found this information useful. Please do contact us should you need more information.

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Vince Natteri,
Managing Director

Candidate Salary Survey Results:

In Q1, we asked our candidates to complete our salary survey. Thank you to those of you who participated in the survey, we hope the lucky winners enjoyed their Starbucks coupon!

Here are the results of the top 8 questions asked:


Finance Technology
Commercial Banking Officer <HKD300,000
Analyst or equivalent HKD300,000 – 500,000
Associate or equivalent HKD400,000 – 600,000
VP or equivalent HKD700,000 � 1,100,000
Investment Banking Analyst HKD360,000 – 600,000
Associate HKD450,000 � 950,000
AVP HKD650,000 – 1,000,000
VP HKD900,000 – 1,500,000
ED HKD1,400,000 � 2,100,000
High Tech
IT Service Providers Officer <HKD240,000
Analyst HKD240,000 – 480,000
Manager HKD480,000 – 800,000
Director HKD800,000 +
Telecommunications Analyst HKD300,000 – 600,000
Manager HKD600,000 – 900,000
Director HKD900,000 +

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