HK CIOs take 3-4 months to recruit new IT staff

HK CIOs take 3-4 months to recruit new IT staffHong Kong companies on average take several months to recruit new IT staff, prompting 95% of CIOs to be actively taking measures to reduce the length of the recruitment process, according to Robert Half Hong Kong.

A survey from the recruitment agency found that the average length of the hiring process for IT roles is three months for staff-level professionals and four months for management level staff.

Robert Half warned that Hong Kong companies risk losing top IT candidates to these slow hiring processes as they take jobs at other companies.

The main reasons contributing to delayed recruitment processes include too many interview rounds (48%), difficulties finding candidates with the right skills (47%) and the involvement of too many stakeholders (44%).

This is amid an environment where 92% of CIOs report finding it more challenging to source qualified IT professionals compared to five years ago, with Hong Kong CIOs finding it particularly hard to source talent within IT security (52%), business transformation (41%), digitization (40%) and IT management (37%).

“Organizations understandably think investing more time during the hiring process is the best way to secure the right people for their teams. However, in a market characterized by extensive skills shortages, hiring managers who fail to make timely decisions are confronted with a number of consequences, most notably losing top candidates,” Robert Half Hong Kong managing director Adam Johnston said.  

“Companies often unnecessarily draw out the hiring process, adding days, weeks or even months to the recruitment process. And with Hong Kong being a globally competitive employment market, with many local jobseekers and expatriates acutely aware of their value within their respective industry, they are not likely to wait around during a lengthy hiring process – so companies need to act fast if they want to secure the right talent.”

Top measures being taken to speed the recruitment processes include setting up a pipeline of qualified candidates to avoid having to restart the hiring process from scratch (48%), improving communication with candidates about the recruitment process (45%) and conducting more initial interviews via phone or video conferencing (20%).

One in three Hong Kong CIOs are also planning to limit the number of internal stakeholders involved, reduce the number of interview rounds and conduct more teleconference interviews.