The employment market in the information technology sector is picking up again after taking a hit from the financial crisis.
But the crisis has brought changes in the types of roles being offered, meaning job seekers need to be willing to be flexible and look for positions in different areas.
"Now we have a lot more opportunities, compared to earlier this year," said Anthony Au, a general manager at Manpower Professional IT Recruitment. "It's far from good yet, but opportunities are there, candidates have a lot of choices."
There has been a shift in the focus of recruitment towards delivery of products and away from product development. Development roles remain quite limited, according to Chris Mead, general manager of Hays Recruitment in Singapore.
"New initiatives in terms of creating products are still at a minimum across Asia," he said. "But some regional governments are investing to create new projects and investing to create new jobs."
He said that opportunities still existed in product development, but companies looked for the best candidates who closely matched their requirements. Alongside this, he said companies were looking to hire a lot more "sales style" employees.
"Most of the organisations restructured certain roles after the financial crisis. They were also keen to find good technical sales people," he said. As a result of this change, he said, it was necessary for job candidates to be more willing to adapt to different duties and roles.
"Candidates have to be a bit flexible," he said. "That's what employers now expect."
Au said that there was much more hiring on the technical sales, pre-sales and marketing side of the technology industry.
"When the market starts picking up, people want to sell more, so the frontline staff are the people who get the benefits," he said.
For these roles, he said candidates needed to have a good knowledge of the company's products. However, an ability to communicate and speak different languages was often more important than technical skills.
"IT people can pick up tech skills easily," he said. "Soft skills are more difficult."
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