China drives Asia’s impressive demand for strategic HR talent

The latest "Asia Job Index" from international professional recruiting firm, Robert Walters, suggests transformational and talent HR roles experienced the highest increase in employer demand in Q2 2016.

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Job advertisements for HR roles were up 19 per cent during the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year. This was the largest increase across the professions surveyed.

Demand for HR rides high in China and Hong Kong

HR recruitment demand was particularly high in China and Hong Kong, especially for talent acquisition specialists. In Hong Kong, advertised HR roles tended to be for replacements rather than recruitment into a new role.Overall, demand here for HR professionals showed 25 per cent year-on-year growth, according to the Robert Walters' Asia Job Index, with recruitment adverts for professional roles as a whole in China up 17 per cent. Both trends tie in with reports from employers in the region about the importance and difficulties in attracting and retaining key skills and talent in China.HR clearly has an important role in achieving this, which is also likely to affect the reward package for in-demand transformational HR experts.

Offshoring hits HR in Singapore

Demand for HR roles in markets like Singapore and Malaysia featured less strongly than across the region as a whole.In Singapore, HR recruitment fell by five per cent on the same quarter last year. This weighed on the relatively modest overall six per cent growth on the index across all professions for jobs advertised in the city state.HR roles were the exception, suggested the study, with "high demand for HR professionals pushing up demand year-on-year."More news, features and analysis on talent management and HR in the Asia region:Getting talent movingRethinking talent: adapting skills strategies for APACOvercoming China's assignment challengesSingapore: signposting the future