Short-term employment looks set to become a long-term staffing solution in Hong Kong, says Pallavi Anand, head of recruitment firm Robert Half. Despite the increase of multinational offices in the city, global economic uncertainty is prompting organisations to hold back on permanent headcount.
The increase in the number of multinational corporations (MNCs) opening up offices in Hong Kong does not necessarily translate to increase in headcount, says Anand. “Hong Kong’s proximity to the mainland will make [it] a goldmine of contract employees. Hence, contracting will be the number one recruitment tool and hiring strategy.”
A recent survey by Robert Half shows that one in five or 20 per cent of local finance and accounting hiring managers are hiring, or considering hiring, contract or temporary staff to address their skills shortages.
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