Asian corporations accelerate digital recruitment

Asian corporations accelerate digital recruitment

GlobalData analyst reveals a surge in the demand for digital specialists across multiple sectors in the Asian market.

Project management, software development lifecycle, and architecture are now highly in-demand skills in the rapidly evolving digital landscape as companies in the Asian market fiercely compete to acquire top talents.

Naturally, skills in artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, data centers, robotic process automation, connected health devices, and e-commerce are also a strong suit.

Sherla Sriprada, a seasoned analyst at GlobalData, believe this is driven by the race to spearhead digital initiatives amidst current global trends.

“Now, companies are posting jobs around artificial intelligence-related roles in the region, apart from artificial intelligence companies are showcasing their interest in other areas related to cybersecurity, data centers, robotic process automation, data, connected health devices, e-commerce among others,” Sriprada told the Asian Business Review magazine.

Moreover, firms are increasingly looking for professionals with adept analytical abilities and experience in customer engagement.The surge in recruitment for digitally centric roles is not confined to a particular sector, but evident across various industries particularly in Asia. Sriprada said she observed that industries like technology, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and hospitality are witnessing a discernible shift towards the digital sphere.

“The trend is more or less similar across most of the Asia Pacific countries and markets, and there is a good demand for such roles and skill sets,” she said.

Not only domestic companies but also global corporations headquartered in other regions are significantly focusing on hiring in the APAC region, a move underscored by strategic initiatives and investments in technology advancements.

From technology giants like Apple and Microsoft to pharmaceutical behemoth Pfizer and financial service provider City Group, a majority of corporations are in the throes of digital transformation, aligning with the global trend of investing in innovative technologies.

Drawing from the GlobalData’s extensive database, Sriprada said: “Not only domestic companies, but global companies headquartered in other regions also continue to hire in the APAC region.”

This signifies that the strategic shift towards embracing the digital era has become more assertive and that the trend is not unilateral but indicates a synergistic collaboration between global and local entities to spearhead digital initiatives.

“We are also seeing a collaboration between global and local companies to lead digital initiatives. For instance, Qualcomm collaborated with Reliance Geo for rolling out 5G Fixed wireless access in India,” Sriprada said.

Nevertheless, the recruitment drive for digital transformation initiatives does come with its unique set of challenges. As the demand for specialised roles increases, companies may face hurdles in finding the right talent with a nuanced understanding of both the technological and market dynamics unique to the Asian region.

In closing, the upward trajectory in the recruitment of digital specialists within the Asian market is a clear indication of a broader shift towards embracing technological advancements. As Sriprada aptly pointed out, companies across sectors are “sailing in the same boat,” indicating a unanimous move towards a more digitally integrated future.

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