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05 May 2011
China’s 12th Five-year Plan a spur for IT sector
Conducted in mid-2010, the survey covered 74,000 companies in the IT sector. About 1,600 companies were sampled and the response rate was as high as 93.1%. Survey results revealed that IT manpower had increased significantly by 10% over the past two years, as compared with 2006 (3.8%) and 2008 (3.4%). Apart from companies engaged in the wholesale and retail trades of telecommunications equipment and parts, IT employees in the domestic banking units have also increased significantly by 37.2% to cope with a surge in demand for mobile applications by smart phone users. “The survey results reflect a positive outlook for the IT sector, with an increase in demand for manpower by different organisations,” noted Prof TAM Kar-yan, Convener of the Working Party on 2010 Manpower Survey of the IT Sector.
Survey results also revealed that 250 companies had deployed or recruited a total of 523 local IT employees to station in the Mainland. With the business opportunities arising from the technological advancement and promotion of informatisation as stated in China’s 12th Five-year Plan, together with the advantages brought about by CEPA, the Committee anticipated that more and more overseas companies would invest in the Mainland. The IT sector can leverage on the experience and strengths of Hong Kong in marketing management and strategies, and stringent intellectual property rights protection to foster technological cooperation and trade between Mainland partners and international market players. This will also lead to an increase in the number IT employees deployed to the Mainland.
On staff turnover, the survey revealed that 5,640 IT employeeshad changed employment in the past 12 months. The digital creative sectorrecorded the highest turnover rate (13.1%). The overall turnover rate decreased slightly from 10.8% in 2008 to 7.5% in 2010. The Committee forecasted that in the next two years, over three thousand employeesof degree level or above with IT or computing training would be required annually. Employers regarded “Information and System Security” as the top essential skill. Employees with knowledge and skills in systems analysis, programming and web design are also highly valued, as they can help enhance the competitiveness of the company. With the development of mobile applications and the growing popularity of interactive social media, the Committee also recommended that IT practitioners should capitalise on the opportunity and upgrade themselves by gaining more experience with the latest trend of new media, insightful strategies with innovative ideas, and practical techniques.
The Committee recommended that VTC should continue to support the industry by offering certification programmes for IT employees to help them acquire professional qualifications upon completion of training. The industry should also develop mutual recognition of IT certification / titles with the Mainland to help IT practitioners pursue their career in the Mainland.
The Committee on IT Training and Development is one of the 26 training boards and general committees under VTC. The boards and committees conduct regular manpower surveys to collect updated information on the manpower situation of their respective industries to forecast manpower growth, ascertain training demands and formulate proposals to employers, and education and training providers to meet the demands for industry professionals. The “2010 Manpower Survey Report on IT Sector” is now available at the website: http://cittd.vtc.edu.hk
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