Date
25 March 2017
IT vacancies rose 14 percent in the first nine months last year, creating demand for workers in areas such as cloud computing and big data. Photo: Reuters
IT vacancies rose 14 percent in the first nine months last year, creating demand for workers in areas such as cloud computing and big data. Photo: Reuters

Financial IT movers in line for 15% pay rise, says survey

Hong Kong workers who change employers this year could earn up to 15 percent more, according to a survey.

Those that stay put could expect a pay increase of 3-5 percent on average, Sky Post reports, citing recruitment consultancy Robert Walters Plc. 

Hong Kong’s economy grew 2.4 percent in 2015, better than many, making the case for pay rises, Greater China managing director Matthew Bennett said.

The biggest demand will come from three industries — accounting and finance, legal and compliance and information technology (IT), he said.

An IT expert who moves to financial technology might see an average pay rise of 12-15 percent, the survey said.

In his policy address last week, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced measures to boost the financial IT industry and technology startups.

IT vacancies rose 14 percent in the first nine months last year, creating demand for workers in areas such as cloud computing and big data.

Meanwhile, demand for contract IT workers is on the rise, driven by airlines and banks undergoing system upgrades.

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