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Investment spree into virtual reality products drives demand for qualified IT candidates

Updated: 19 Jul 2016


Heightened expectations for revolutionary products in China’s information technology market will spur a fresh wave of recruitment as companies look for the right candidates to fasten their development process.

According to recruiting experts Hays, virtual reality has emerged to be a bright spot in China’s IT industry as companies accelerate hiring processes to attract professionals to boost innovation.

“Employers are convinced of the huge potential of VR which can largely change people’s lifestyles,” says Simon Lance, Managing Director for Hays in China. “Candidates with rich experience in VR gaming and video products are the top beneficiaries of this trend.

“We will see rapid growth of China’s visual and speech recognition technologies and IT professionals will be much sought after with companies who need their expertise to produce user-friendly products.

In its latest Quarterly Report for July to September 2016, Hays finds tremendous changes in China’s IT landscape with big companies starting to invest massively in technologies ranging from artificial intelligence and VR to robotics.

“Internet is penetrating into every aspect of Chinese people’s lives amid the rising popularity of e-commerce and financial technologies,” says Simon. “But frontrunners are planning ahead as they fast-track the tech-transfer process to churn out more attractive products.

“Candidates with rich experience or high capability to develop the business are a key driving force for innovation. Currently, VR device developers are seeing the strongest demand from employers. Candidates with knowledge about global mainstream 3D engine technologies will also be actively sought.

“AI and machine learning will also be key areas in which technology firms will increase hiring to cater to demands from corporate and individual clients. The country’s booming IT sector will also attract a large number of overseas returnee candidates lured by the rosy prospect of the industry here.”

In terms of candidate trends, Hays says that IT professionals still prefer to enter businesses directly related to internet because of the huge impact brought by e-commerce to people’s daily life.

“Internet-based businesses appear to be a jewel in the crown of China’s economy,” says Simon. “Big companies and start-up firms are all aggressively building their talent pool to speed up innovation and production.

“Other candidates that are in demand include data scientists, machine leaning experts and data mining technology professionals.”

To read the full Hays Quarterly Report, including candidate and employer trends and forecasts, please visit

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Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 31 December 2015 the Group employed 9,420 staff operating from 248 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2015:
– the Group reported net fees of £764.2 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £164.1 million;
– the Group placed around 63,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 200,000 people into temporary assignments;
– 23% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 41% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 36% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
– the temporary placement business represented 58% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 42% of net fees;
– 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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