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China’s e-commerce revolution stimulates IT jobs growth


Updated: 14 Apr 2016

As China continues to embrace e-commerce more companies are hiring skilled IT professionals who can develop user-friendly websites and applications that can engage customers, says recruiting experts Hays.  


In its latest Hays Quarterly Report for October to December 2014, the recruiter says there is growing demand for UI/Front-End Developers, Product Managers, JAVA Engineers and SAP experts.


 “The Internet is changing the way people live in China and e-commerce is growing in popularity by the day. This digital revolution is stimulating consumer spending and in turn creating new jobs,” says Simon Lance, Regional Director of Hays in China


“The recent successful IPO of Alibaba in the US demonstrates how far e-commerce has come in China. In fact, Alibaba has almost single-handedly turned China into the world’s second-largest e-commerce market, after the US.


“Mobile Internet companies are creating many new positions for Developers and more candidates are interested in applying for jobs at these firms rather than big brand IT companies. UI/Front-End Developers are in particular demand, especially those who can speak fluent English and have good technical skills.”


The recruiter says the banking industry is still experiencing strong growth in Southern China, but the supply of candidates with JAVA skills remains limited. There is also a strong demand for candidates who have expertise in SAP systems due to the presence of multinational FMCG companies in the region.


Web Developers with skills in Javascript and PHP are particularly sought after as they are responsible for developing web applications that integrate efficiently with systems and databases. Employers are also paying more attention to the development of their databases and require specialists with skills in IBM DB2, Oracle database and SQL,” says Simon.


Another area of growing demand is for Product Managers.  “This role requires candidates to have a strong technical background, valuable insights into market trends and a deep understanding of marketing.  Product Managers act as a kind of bridge between R&D and marketing functions, and demand for these professionals is currently very high from Internet companies. 


“With China's population now at 1.35 billion, only about 50 per cent of Chinese are Internet users. The implication of those numbers is that China's e-commerce market has a lot of room for growth and will become the world’s largest e-commerce market. Therefore, we expect to see a lot more jobs in this area in years to come,” says Simon.


For more insights on the skills in demand, see our Hays Quarterly Report.


In China Hays operates from four local offices: Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou.


Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.


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About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.


Hays Specialist Recruitment  (Shanghai) Co., Limited ("Hays China") operates across the public and private sector, dealing in permanent positions. Hays China’s eighteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Executive, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Operations, Oil & Gas, Property and Sales & Marketing.


Hays China operates four local offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. It is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company. As at 30 June 2014 the Group employed 8,237 staff operating from 237 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2014, Hays placed around 57,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 212,000 people into temporary assignments. 24% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.


Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.