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Hong Kong ranks second by organisations’ rate of hiring in APAC

Hong Kong ranks second by organisations’ rate of hiring in APAC

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Top roles Hong Kong-based companies are hiring for are: software engineer, marketing, business development/sales, project manager, and developer.

Global hiring sustained momentum throughout 2022. All regions saw three-digit growth, as APAC companies hired globally at the fastest rate among all regions, while LATAM was the hottest region to hire from, according to Deel's State of Global Hiring Report.

This were the findings from more than 260,000 worker contracts across 160 countries, which show that from January through December 2022, of all contracts, 89% were for remote workers.

Globally, the fastest growing in hiring are:

  1. Asia Pacific
  2. Latin America
  3. Europe, Middle East, and Africa
  4. North America

The hottest regions to hire from are:

  1. Latin America
  2. Asia Pacific
  3. Europe, Middle East, and Africa
  4. North America

In APAC, the three fastest-growing markets by organisations’ rate of hiring are:

  1. Australia
  2. Hong Kong
  3. India

Top three countries by number of organisations hiring are:

  1. Australia
  2. Singapore
  3. India

Top three countries by number of workers being hired are:

  1. Philippines
  2. India
  3. Pakistan

Mirroring a global trend, software engineers, sales, and product roles emerged as the top three most popular roles hired in APAC.

In terms of salary, Taiwan, Thailand and Korea saw the biggest average salary gains across all job titles, while operations and customer support saw the biggest salary gains across APAC.

Hong Kong's trends

Zooming into Hong Kong, the city ranked second in APAC and sixth globally by organisations’ rate of hiring. Hong Kong companies are hiring fast, and many are looking for talent globally to fill talent gaps.

Top roles Hong Kong-based companies are hiring for are: software engineer, marketing, business development/sales, project manager, and developer.

When hiring abroad, Hong Kong companies are most commonly hiring remote workers from Ukraine, India, Philippines, UK, and the US. At the same time, Hong Kong talents are sought after by global companies for remote work, as Hong Kong talent is most commonly hired by companies based in the US, followed by the UK, Canada, Singapore, and Denmark. They are most commonly hired for the roles of software engineer, statistician, product, trader, and sales.

Post 90’s - 00’s (67%) and Post 80’s (25.4%) in Hong Kong are the most open to remote work.

Karen Ng, Regional Head of Expansion & Market Lead Hong Kong, Singapore, ASEAN, India said talent shortage is still a pain point in Hong Kong, but companies are looking globally to fill talent gaps, and are adding more remote workers to their workforce.

“We expect this trend to stay – not only for the year ahead, but in the long term,” Ng added.


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Image / Deel's State of Global Hiring Report

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