Overall, the demand for HR professionals in Beijing is at a reasonably robust level, particularly at the junior to mid-level but in some quarters at the senior end too.
Domestic Internet giants and start-ups as well as high-tech organisations in the artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing spaces have continued to see some strong hiring of talent in 2017. Diversified Chinese companies working across the technology and Internet sectors as well as financial services have seen impressive growth also.
The junior to mid-levels of the HR job market are relatively more buoyant. Candidates at this level are very attracted to potential unicorn start-ups but these are difficult to identify among the hundreds of entrepreneurial ventures, so many are shying away from these types of companies with under 100 people.
Senior HR professionals have been in demand from fast growing high-tech and Internet firms along with large domestic conglomerates and start-up financial services companies, but in other sectors senior roles have been relatively less abundant. Candidates at this level cite work-life balance, career progression and stability as key drivers (with salary and sector being lower down the list of priorities) considered when moving organisations.
Roles within the Generalist and Business Partner space have been dominating so far this year, but Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, and Learning & Development professionals have also been in demand.