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Survey finds Hong Kong jobseekers prefer to search for jobs using their mobile phone

Published on Thursday, 07 Jun 2018

Most candidates in Hong Kong use their mobile phone to look for a new role but prefer more conventional methods to then apply for the job they are interested in, according to new research from the recruitment experts Hays.

The latest poll conducted online between February and May 2018 asked candidates in five key Asian markets how they use their mobile in the job-hunting process. Job-hunters in Japan were the most likely to use their mobile to find a new role (69 per cent), with Malaysia a close second (65 per cent), followed by mainland China (59 per cent), and then Singapore and Hong Kong, both at 58 per cent.

The poll also found that job-hunters in mainland China and Singapore are the most likely to apply for a job using their mobile (26 per cent), followed by Hong Kong (23 per cent), Malaysia (21 per cent) and Japan (12 per cent). Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s job-hunters are the most likely to view job alerts on their mobile phone (19 per cent), followed by Japan (18 per cent), Singapore (16 per cent), mainland China (15 per cent) and Malaysia (14 per cent).

 “While candidates in Hong Kong are very comfortable searching for jobs using their mobile, only 23 per cent then apply for a job that way,” says Dean Stallard, managing director of Hays Hong Kong & South China.

“There is also a message in our poll results for employers in Hong Kong. They need to be able to attract the best candidates in a market that is seeing growing skill shortages, making it even more important to reach tech-savvy younger candidates. This means ensuring job ads and the application process are mobile-friendly,” Stallard added.