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Transition in the Hong Kong Job Market: Challenges and Opportunities

As the Founder and Managing Director of Lauris Walton, I’ve had the privilege of gaining a deep understanding of the Hong Kong job market. However, recent updates from my network reveal a sobering trend: more than 70% of companies are restructuring or planning to restructure. This conservative estimate could rise to between 80% and 90% in the coming months.

This news may seem alarming at first glance. But I believe it’s crucial to understand this as a transition, rather than a downfall. It represents a period of reflection and strategic planning for both employers and job seekers.

For employers, this period of transition provides a unique opportunity to strategically evaluate their future headcounts. It’s a time to take stock of the workforce, to identify the teams that truly drive value to their business. Critical functions such as sales and business development often emerge as key in such evaluations. However, this period also allows for the identification of potential areas for growth and innovation. It’s a chance to reassess the skills and roles needed to navigate the future landscape of their respective industries.

Moreover, restructuring isn’t necessarily synonymous with downsizing. It can also mean reorganization, which can lead to more efficient, effective teams. It’s an opportunity to build a leaner, more agile organization that’s better equipped to handle the challenges and opportunities of the modern business world.

For job seekers, this transition phase presents an opportunity to reassess their career aspirations in a changing market. In recent years, the rapid growth of certain sectors led to an unsustainable inflation of salaries, creating a job market that was challenging for both employees and employers. Now, job seekers have the chance to consider factors beyond the salary.

It’s an opportunity to evaluate the elements of work that truly matter to them – whether it’s the company culture, opportunities for professional growth, work-life balance, or the chance to make a meaningful impact. This period allows job seekers to align their career paths with their personal values and long-term life goals, thereby finding more fulfilling and sustainable employment.

As a recruiter, I recognize the challenges that this transition poses for our industry. It’s a time of uncertainty, with many companies reevaluating their needs and many individuals reflecting on their career paths. However, I also see these challenges as opportunities for positive change.

The job market has been significantly imbalanced for a while now — with some sectors experiencing inflated salary demands that were difficult for companies to meet, and others suffering from a scarcity of available jobs. This period of restructuring and reflection can help restore balance. It could lead to a job market where salaries align more closely with the value of the work, and where job availability matches the skills and aspirations of job seekers. In the long run, this could make it easier to secure good talents and create a more sustainable job market.

In conclusion, as we navigate this transitional phase, it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together. The challenges we face today are shaping the dynamics of tomorrow’s job market. This transformation, while unsettling, holds the promise of a more balanced and sustainable future.

Lauris Walton’s mission was clear from the beginning: to facilitate business and career success. Today, amidst these changes, this mission feels more vital than ever. It’s about more than just connecting employers with job seekers; it’s about understanding the evolving landscape and helping people navigate it successfully.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. As we continue to witness the shifting contours of the Hong Kong job market, let’s remember the opportunities hidden within these challenges. And as always, let’s continue to learn, adapt, and support each other through these times.


    Posted October 11, 2023 at 10:04 am

    This policy statement is not intended to take the spot of
    any applicable law, the terms of which will apply in all situations.

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      Lauris Walton
      Posted October 12, 2023 at 5:41 am

      Thanks for your comment, may I know which policy statement you’re referring to? Thank you.

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    Posted October 12, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    Attitudes have been studied in job seeking (Fort et al.,
    2015) and, particularly, unemployment attitudes in job search (e.g., Kulik, 2000).

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      Lauris Walton
      Posted October 17, 2023 at 5:55 am

      Interesting, what’s your findings about these research?

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