Career Advice Job Market Trend Report

Big draw for global talent


The architectural industry in Hong Kong and China continues to experience growth previously unseen since 2006-2007, as demand for experienced, qualified talent outstrips supply – despite seasonal blips. With no signs of Hong Kong’s developers slowing their expansion into China and the revival and further development of multiple projects in Macau, demand for architects and designers from abroad has spiked.

Brock Carmichael managing director Alf Yeung has been hiring from Britain. “The economic downturn in the West offers plenty of jobs for high calibre candidates at very competitive market rates.”

As growth in China shows no signs of slowing, the demand continues for qualified project managers with mainland experience. A track record of success and a meticulous understanding of China’s building practices are a prerequisite for most developers, in addition to both spoken and written Chinese. Despite the shortage of candidates, there is little flexibility in these requirements.

Aspiring architects must continue to attain relevant qualifications while on the job, as working with top developers very much depends upon this. A forward-looking career attitude, and a willingness to be flexible – both geographically and, to a degree, financially – are also assets.

Chris Urban, associate director, Redpath Partners