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May 19 2014

Hong Kong Attracts Companies but Talent in Short Supply

"Hong Kong continues to attract companies looking to gain a foothold in Asia, but talented professionals are in short supply. The 'Michael Page Hong Kong 2014 Salary & Employment Forecast ' shows average salaries in Hong Kong are expected to increase over the next 12 months, with 71% of all surveyed employers expected to offer salary increases of between 1% and 5%. Sectors expected to provide employees with higher salary increases of 6-10% include procurement & supply chain (50%), secretarial & office support (42%) and legal (33%). Andy Bentote, senior managing director of PageGroup, comments: ""While some established businesses are beginning to look at setting up in other cities such as Shanghai and Singapore, Hong Kong 's deep pool of talent makes it hard to beat for companies starting out in the region."" Michael Page also witnessed growth in Greater China and achieved record revenue for the region in 2013, in particular, a resurgence in financial services in Hong Kong contributed to its revenue growth. Bentote adds: ""For 2014, we believe that staff retention will be the key theme for employers in Hong Kong as competition for the best performers will be strong."""