In 2017, an estimated 258 million of us were recorded expats. A 50% rise on the 2000 figure. Asia’s now home to 30% of that total. An increase of around 100% on the previous decade.
It’s not hard to see why we’re heading East.
To advance our careers. Embark on a cultural adventure. Start a family.
The cost of living in China’s a lot cheaper than the UK.
Japan’s frequently ranked in the top ten globally for quality of life. Some way above the UK and the US.
Taiwan and South Korea have some of the best healthcare systems in the world.
Singapore’s the 3rd safest city on Earth.
With some of the lowest unemployment rates globally and a dynamic economy that’s leading global growth, Asia’s a rich market for quality recruitment professionals.
Welcome to a new land of opportunity.
Here are 12 of the best Asian Agencies on Hunted.
Headquartered in Hong Kong and with offices in Singapore and London, Ropner Fredriks operate on an exclusive and retained basis. They aren’t caught up in KPIs and metrics. Meaning you’ll be working in an autonomous and supportive environment. A small team’s done a brilliant job establishing themselves in the Legal, Digital & Tech, Commodities and Banking spaces. They’ve got a commission scheme that goes from 35% to 60% and equity’s achievable within 18 months.
Earlier this year, we caught up with Sarah Sellers, MD and Head of Hong Kong and Singapore at iKas International: financial services specialists focused on tech, banking, business change & transformation and compliance & risk. To ask what it’s like for expats moving out to work with them:
“Forget everything you were ever taught about recruitment. You’ll have to learn it all again. The first three or four months here is all listening and learning. Although realistically, it’ll take at least a year to get your head round the market. So patience is key”.
Specialists in Digital Media & Marketing, Ultimate asset work with Tier 1 agencies and some of the biggest names in Media including Twitter, Adidas, Red Bull and Just Eat. They’re keen on using initiative and individuality to get the job done, and less keen on KPIs. Ultimate Asset is not a place you’ll be micromanaged. Having a mature and conscientious attitude is a prerequisite. And international mobility, zero commission threshold, desk longevity and an unrivalled network are for the taking in this high performance, tight knit team.
Voted the Most Socially Engaged medium sized business on LinkedIn, MCG&Co specialise in Digital, Marketing, Sales, Tech and Comms with offices in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. MCG&Co recently merged with Daniel Marks, providing them the additional international bandwidth and offices in London and The United States. And with plans to expand further into Europe, Canada, China, Japan and Australia, it’s a great time to work under a CEO with 7 years experience in industry and play an integral part in growing a boutique.
Part of the MCG family, Hopscotch is a network for skilled women looking for that perfect work/life balance. They champion, support and connect the women who help businesses achieve great things. And they enable women in the Middle East and Asia to work for their dream company, connecting with inspirational figures and learning new skills and professional talents. The business is going from strength to strength with Media & Communications heavyweight Helen McGuire at the helm. And it’s an exciting time to join a genuinely trailblazing brand making waves addressing diversity through events, consultation and thought leadership.
Based in Hong Kong, BAH are a group of top billers that set up a boutique agency to provide executive search services to some of the biggest brands in Hong Kong. They’ve got a fun, vibrant culture. And take an entrepreneurial approach to recruitment: when none of the CRMs on the market were cutting it, BAH took matters into their own hands and built one of their own. Take ownership of your business and you’ll be backed financially to make sure you can continue being successful here.
Wellesley have been established in Hong Kong since 2005. They offer executive search, specialist, contract & interim recruitment within FS, tech, media, telecoms, luxury and consumer retail markets. Good communication’s at the core of their business. Which extends to the collaborative approach they take to client partnerships. And across locations. Meaning a super high standard’s practiced throughout all their Asia-based offices.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Aquis Search are an executive search firm covering markets in Compliance, Finance & Accounting, HR & Corporate Services, Investment Management, IT, Legal, and Risk Management across Asia. The team gets together a ton of times throughout the year and they’ve an attitude towards CSR to be proud of. A genuine work hard, play hard environment.
Based in Hong Kong, Agora partner with worldwide names like Ralph Lauren and Gucci, placing candidates within the eCommerce, Retail and Consumer Goods spaces. And with a birds eye view of the Chinese market, business is booming. Agora enjoys a global backing and fosters a real entrepreneurial environment. Half day Fridays mean you’ll have even more time than your competitors to explore this magnificent place.
Following the merger of two of the highest regarded professional services recruitment companies in the Southern Hemisphere, Ethos BeathChapman are an exceptional agency who only hire the most experienced Recruiters. An amazing agency to set up your long-term career, they can boast really low turnover of staff, making them a team full of well-networked Recruiters. Oh and ask them about their commission structure.
The SR Group encompass 300 people over 4 brands in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, The USA, Europe, and a head office in London. 30 of their staff have worked in more than one country. True global mobility and an internal training and development department to support you in your career. They’ve got a strong emphasis on CSR, a great leadership team, and an amazing back office function.
The Barton Partnership is a niche, executive recruitment company working on a retained and exclusive-contingent basis in Singapore, New York, Europe, with a brand new office in Holborn. They’re true subject matter experts in Strategy, Transformation and M&A. Unlimited holiday (yes, really), a month’s sabbatical after 5 years of service, company ski trips and summer vacations are just some of the benefits The Barton Partnership offer.
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