CIOs to increase IT headcount in South-East Asia: Report

  • 63% of CIOs say their staff headcount will increase in next 12mths
  • Top 3 skills in demand: Project management, cloud and mobility
CIOs to increase IT headcount in South-East Asia: Report

THE hiring outlook for the IT sector will be buoyant in South-East Asia over the next 12 months, according to the recent Michael Page Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia 2015/ 16 CIO Viewpoint report.
Across these three markets, companies are seeking many large scale projects in technology, aligned to growth and a demand for greater efficiency and heightened innovation, the company said in a statement.
Part of London-based PageGroup, Michael Page is a professional recruitment consultancy specialising in the recruitment of permanent, contract, and temporary positions.
Findings from the report show there is optimism in the IT sector among surveyed CIOs (chief information officers), as over almost a half of respondents (42%) predict that the job market will improve over the next 12 months.
Also, 63% said that their staff headcount will increase, further bolstering job prospects for IT professionals throughout South-East Asia.
“73% of CIOs increasing their headcount will be doing so by hiring permanent staff, and it is clear that IT professionals with project management, cloud technology and mobility development skills will be in highest demand,” said Anthony Thompson, regional managing director, PageGroup Greater China & South-East Asia.
“Advances in big data mean that data architects, analysts and security experts will be highly sought after,” he added.

CIOs to increase IT headcount in South-East Asia: Report

Plugging gaps
Mobility, cloud services and project management are the priority areas in the next 12 months for CIOs in the region, and findings from the Michael Page Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia 2015/16 CIO Viewpoint report also show it is in these exact areas where the lack of skilled local talent is greatest.
To counter the local talent gap, 54% of CIOs are offering learning and development programmes, which include further training, upskilling and mentoring for their existing employees.
However, it takes time to get results from this approach and businesses looking for rapid results may look internationally in the short-term to bring in resources that can deliver quality work, Michael Page said.
In terms of customer experience, CIOs are primarily concentrating on improving processes and experiences for mobile and wireless devices.
In the next 12 months, mobility is the most important priority for 39% of respondents, followed by cloud services (37%) and digital (15%).
“We are seeing CIOs shifting from their traditional technical focus to delivering optimal services to their customers,” said Thompson.
“CIOs are also focused on operational efficiency and business resiliency, with 37% stating that only 1% to 2% of their company budget is being reinvested into IT.
“CIOs are conveying the message that they are doing more with less, as is indicative of the smaller working teams and limited technology budgets,” he added.

CIOs to increase IT headcount in South-East Asia: Report

The 2015/16 CIO Viewpoint report, produced by Michael Page Technology, is based on the survey findings of 41 of what the company said are the most highly-regarded CIOs working across a range of industry sectors in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
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