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China’s slowing manufacturing activity increases demand for capable operational and sales professionals

Updated: 25 Feb 2016



According to recruiting experts Hays, strong team management and effective execution are becoming the key criteria for employers looking for talents in the active Manufacturing and Operations recruitment market.

“We are seeing rising demand for key operational staff, commercial leaders and sales directors as companies face an uphill task of reducing stockpiles,” says Simon Lance, Managing Director of Hays in China. “A slowing manufacturing activity is indeed prompting companies to strengthen their management teams to survive the slowdown” 

In its latest Hays Quarterly Report January to March 2016, the recruiter says over-supply in some industrial sectors are expected to fuel hiring activity as they accelerate efforts to deal with excessive stock. 

“Clearing inventory appears to top companies’ agenda as PMI index, an indicator of the economic health, continues to contract,” says Simon. “To achieve that goal, companies are looking for high-skilled managers, particularly those with strategic thinking, to fill the key positions such as commercial leaders and sales directors.” 

Hays also says that a clutch of other roles including sales VP, plant manager and operation director are in high demand amid an economic slowdown. 

“Many companies are hunting for forward-thinking strategy managers to work out long-term growth plans in tandem with the efforts to deal with the over-supply issue,” Simon says. “Those candidates with consulting firm experience are increasingly sought-after by companies.” 

The transition of China’s economy from a growth model driven by investment and exports to a new pattern buoyed by consumer spending has resulted in fresh demand for young and promising candidates who can adapt to the changing situations. 

“Companies demand for passionate, enterprising and young candidates to fill the key positions are rising sharply,” says Simon. “They are pinning hopes on new talents to establish a brand new growth strategy amid the transition of China’s economy.” 

“We are also seeing demand for specialists who have experience in M&A deals,” Simon says. “An increasing number of companies are looking for those professionals to help them complete the deals or improve performance after the deals.” 

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 2015 Hays employed 9,023 staff operating from 240 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2015, Hays reported net fees of £764.2 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of£164.1 million. Hays 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.  


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