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Job security trumps compensation and career development for candidates

Employers have become more demanding when they recruit new staff, while candidates are looking for a role offering job security. These are just two of the findings from the latest Hays Quarterly Report, released this week.
Updated: 20 Jan 2016
Employers have become more demanding when they recruit new staff, while candidates are looking for a role offering job security. These are just two of the findings from the latest Hays Quarterly Report, released this week.
“In order to ensure they make the right hire, employers have a long list of requirements and are increasingly turning to reference checks to confirm a candidates’ abilities,” says Simon Lance, Regional Director of Hays in China. “With such checks becoming more popular in the Chinese market, candidates should be prepared for a thorough examination of their background and ensure the information provided on their CV is accurate.
“Candidates are also increasingly expected to have good English speaking skills even in industries where this was previously not a priority, such as IT.” 
The Report, which covers recruitment trends and skills in demand for the October to December 2012 quarter, also notes that candidates have changed their expectations when job searching.
“Candidates are placing job security above career development or compensation when they look for their next role,” says Simon.
“And those candidates seeking work are seeing the high potential of local firms in the global jobs market.”
According to the Report, the third quarter results suggest that hiring will be buoyant so it’s advisable for both candidates and employers to negotiate if they think they have a near perfect match.
“In the future, candidates may feel the interview process is longer while employers may feel it is harder to convince good talent to make a change unless an opening is attractive enough,” says Simon.
According to the Hays Quarterly Report for October to December 2012, demand is highest for the following skilled professionals:
·         Hays Accountancy & Finance – Commerce & Industry
Finance Manager, FP&A Managers, Financial Controllers, Commercial Managers, Internal Auditor, high-level tax candidates and Project Controllers
·         Hays Architecture
Interior Designers, Landscape Architects and Architects       
·         Hays Banking:
Commodities Traders, candidates in corporate finance operation, risk and credit professionals, Relationship Managers, Wholesales Banking Relationship Managers, Compliance candidates, and Investment Associates
·         Hays Construction:
Planners, Schedulers, Procurement Managers, Engineers and Safety Engineers
·         Hays Education:
Subject Teachers (A level/IGCSE), certified AMI/AMS candidates, Marketing Managers and Directors, Sales Managers and Directors, Registrars, Subject and Language Teachers
·         Hays Engineering:
Engineering Managers, Research & Development Managers, Environment, Health and Safety Managers, Electrical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers
·         Hays Finance Technology:
Core Java Developers, C++ Developers, C# Developers and Team Leaders in both equities and fixed income
·         Hays Human Resources:
Training Managers (mid level), HR Managers, Compensation and Benefits Managers, Organization Development Managers, Business Partners (mid level), HR Directors and Heads of HR
·         Hays Information Technology:
Mobile Internet Sales Managers, Digital Marketing Managers, SAP Business Analysts, SAP Project Managers, SAP FICO Functional Consultants, SAP WM Functional Consultants, Java Developers, Java Engineers, Production Support candidates, Internet Product Managers and Regional Technical Support Specialists
·         Hays Life Sciences:
Clinical Research Managers, Regulatory Affairs Managers, Marketing Managers, Medical Advisors and Medical Affairs Managers
·         Hays Manufacturing & Operations:
Supply Planning Managers, Project Managers, Engineering Managers, Lean Managers, Plant Managers, ESH Managers, BD Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Sales Managers, Business Development Managers, Quality Managers, R&D Managers, Process Engineers, Product Development candidates and General Managers
·         Hays Sales & Marketing
E-Commerce candidates, Event Marketers, Brand Managers and candidates in retail operations
·         Hays Supply Chain
Procurement Directors, Material Planning Managers (plant), Commodity Managers and Supply Chain Managers
View the Hays Quarterly Report at
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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 with more than 7,800 staff operating from 245 offices across 33 countries.
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.

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