Date
23 January 2017
Developments in big data and social media have created strong demand for IT professionals. Photo: HKITBLOG
Developments in big data and social media have created strong demand for IT professionals. Photo: HKITBLOG

Why IT experts still need to learn new tricks

We often receive complaints from readers about their jobs.

Some say their jobs are boring, others are put out by overtime work and several complain about not having enough holidays.

Then there is the oft-repeated grievance about training and having to pay for it.

The fact is training is everything in this fiercely competitive job market.

For instance, has it occurred to you that you can’t be promoted or given a pay rise because your IT knowledge is obsolete?

Even IT professionals are not created equal.

The most sought-after are those with experience in big data and internet security.

In fact, employers are facing a shortage of big data and internet security specialists.

If you have been stuck in your pay grade, consider learning a new skill to boost your competitiveness.

It might be a good idea to start looking into your weaknesses.

Matthew Bennett, executive director for the Greater China Region of Robert Walters, said work-related advertisements are on the rise in Hong Kong thanks to the diversity of its job market.

The prospects for IT professionals are particularly promising, he said.

And as long as they are willing to work in mainland China, where Hong Kong IT specialists are highly regarded, they will have plenty of opportunities.

Developments in big data and social media have created strong demand for IT professionals. Job advertisements in this category are up 20 percent year on year.

“IT security specialists, developers and programmers are highly sought-after due to the continued growth in cloud, mobile and application technologies,” Robert Walters said in its second-quarter Asia Job Index report for 2015.

The report studied job markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea based on the frequency and number of job recruitment ads in these places.

IT professionals are aware that to get ahead in their career, they have to keep learning new tricks.

The article appeared in HKITBLOG on Aug. 6.

Translation by Alan Lee

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