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The top three most in-demand IT roles

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In 2019, the skills shortage in Hong Kong’s IT sector continues. Over three-quarters (77%) of Hong Kong CIOs currently find it challenging to source qualified IT professionals, with the number rising to 85% for those who predict it will become even more challenging in the coming five years.

“Hong Kong’s Smart City initiatives – aimed at building a better-connected and efficient city driven by the latest technology – are driving strong demand for local IT talent. IT recruitment is also being driven by the growth of mainland China companies expanding into Hong Kong, particularly within the areas of major investment banks and hedge funds, who are looking for skilled talent to boost their digital transformation efforts and IT infrastructure. The supply/demand imbalance within the technology talent pool, however, is causing increased pressure on employers within these areas to source qualified professionals,”said Adam Johnston, managing director of Robert Half Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong’s ambition to position itself as a globally recognised innovation hub is creating strong demand for technology professionals who can implement and upgrade a company’s consumer-facing technology. In particular, developers with backgrounds in Java, C#, C++ and React are highly sought-after in today’s market and are in a favourable position to negotiate starting salaries.”

Robert Half has identified the top three technology positions in demand in Hong Kong for 2019:

  1. Lead Software Developer
Salary range
Percentiles 25th 50th 75th 95th
  $600,000 $825,000 $1,050,000 $1,300,000


  1. Software Development Manager
Salary range
Percentiles 25th 50th 75th 95th
  $720,000 $900,000 $1,080,000 $1,200,000


  1. Full-stack Software Developer
Salary range
Percentiles 25th 50th 75th 95th
  $300,000 $420,000 $750,000 $1,300,000

The percentiles above are determined by a candidate’s skillset and experience level, as well as the complexity of their role – the higher the percentile the more complex the role and the greater skillset and experience level required.

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