Asian Persuasion: 5 Agencies Taking on The Orient

Last year, an estimated 258 million of us were recorded expats. A 50% rise on the 2000 figure. Asia is now home to 30% of that total. An increase of around 100% on the decade prior.

It’s not hard to see why we’re heading East.

To advance our careers, have a cultural adventure and even start a family.

The cost is living in China is a whopping 43% less than that of the UK. And quality of life in Japan is ranked 9th globally. Way above the UK and the US.

Taiwan and South Korea boast the best healthcare systems in the world and Singapore is 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.

That’s you, by the way.

With fire in your belly and your Lonely Planet in hand.

There’s a new land of opportunity. So if you’re too busy booking flights to do your research, here are our highlights of the best Asian Agencies on Hunted.

Ellwood Consulting

Ellwood Consulting

Recruitment Specialism:

With offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Ellwood is a specialist in search & selection across Accounting & Finance, Technology, Banking & FS, Sales & Marketing and HR.

They handle mid- senior level placements, working with a large proportion of their clients on a retained basis and offering an Exec Search service.

We Love:

The Ellwood principles of Personal Service, Functional Expertise and Integrity. Consultants here do just that. Consult.

They have deep vertical knowledge and mature approach to their career.

The team environment’s autonomous yet supportive, with a non political culture and a shared passion for growing this quality boutique. Everyone uses voice recognition software to type up meeting notes, which is fully integrated with a CRM that automatically codes resumes.

And what’s not to love about commission up to 50% both monthly AND annually?

Who They’re Hiring:

Experienced Consultants and Managers across the board.

They’re looking for ambitious, entrepreneurial individuals who want to carve their own niche, build a practice and grow a team.

Anyone needing strict KPIs and endless micro management will probably struggle here, but anyone hungry to learn from their colleagues and progress quickly will thrive.

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Apis Alvi

Apis Alvi

Recruitment Specialism:

Founded as an Executive Search firm in Hong Kong, Apis is now a ‘generalised specialist’, comprised of eight distinct brands. They have offices in seven Asian cities and London.

Apis Alvi provides the full spectrum of recruitment services (including rec2rec), and even offer investment and operational support to recruitment entrepreneurs launching their own brand.

We Love:

The work hard, play hard balance.

Offices have been carefully selected to ensure they’re conveniently located for employees and brands share locations, which creates a buzzy, sociable environment.

Each office has its own identity and culture, but they all foster a proactive approach in their teams, and as they’re a highly acquisitive brand and there’s definitely a shared feeling of ‘the sky’s the limit’.

Plus, with ongoing training there’s a mutual respect and trust among the teams, and everyone’s actively encouraged and supported in their charitable and community endeavours.

Who They’re Hiring:

The Apis Alvi group offers opportunities from support staff and grads though to very senior hires.

They’re currently actively seeking Legal specialists and Exec Search Consultants in Hong Kong and Singapore. Consultants need to be internationally minded and enterprising. Despite the organisation’s scale, there’s no riding on coat tails here. But there’s opportunity to move between brands and work with some of the biggest blue chip institutions globally.

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 SR Group

The SR Group

Recruitment Specialism: 

SR Group is comprised of four cross-sector brands. Taylor Root, who specialise in Legal & Compliance roles, Frazer Jones covering HR, Carter Murray handling Sales & Marketing opportunities and Brewer Morris focusing on Tax & Treasury.

There’s also separate Search and Projects arms to the business. They have a global footprint, with 11 offices in the US, Europe and APAC including Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

We Love:

The fact 10% of their Consultants have worked in multiple SR Group offices. They really offer global mobility to employees.

There’s opportunity for you to grow your career in far flung markets and work with clients on international assignments.

SR even appeared in the Sunday Times International Track 200 due to their cross border growth. As well as being culturally diverse, they’re advocates of the idiosyncratic. The team regularly completing endurance challenges, championing equality and inclusion and taking part in the SR Group volunteering program.

Who They’re Hiring:

Managers in Sales & Marketing and HR for the Hong Kong office who will hit the ground running.

If you can leverage a great reputation in a market and capitalise on potential opportunity in the North Asia region, this is the business for you.

Employees benefit from a dedicated internal training department and structured development plans. The SR Group invest in bespoke training courses for aspiring Managers.

And if you’re a stand-alone contributor? There’s ongoing progression for top billers who want to focus solely on business development.

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Recruitment Specialism:

True experts in all things creative, Aspire specialise in Digital, Media & Marketing.

Established in 1992, when anything online was dubbed ‘new media’, Aspire now have three offices in the UK as well as Singapore and Hong Kong.

With a database of over a quarter of a million active candidates and a dedicated Talent Hub, you’ll have greater bandwidth to focus on developing client relations.

Handling both interim and perm opportunities, it’s no surprise they fill 90% of roles handled exclusively.

We Love:

Aspire have featured in the Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Companies To Work For’ list ten years in a row. It’s pretty easy to see why.

Feeling a bit lacklustre?

Lost your mojo somewhere on a dancefloor over the weekend?

Just take a Duvet Day.

No questions, no problem.

Saving for a mortgage? Good thing you’ll earn a minimum of 30% commission, guaranteed.

And if you’re smashing it you’ll be rewarded with trips to Bali and an additional 12 days holiday. No plastic trophies or BHS vouchers here.

Who They’re Hiring:

Aspiring Digital & Data specialists in the Hong Kong office.

There’s a close-knit cohesive team culture here, and the HK business has done phenomenally well since it’s inception in 2011.

Being a progressive sector in the ever changing Asian market, it’s a fast paced work environment that requires an adaptable, self motivated approach to stay ahead.

Whilst there are some heritage accounts, strong rapport building and business development skills are key in a culture that puts an emphasis on face to face relationships.

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Cornerstone Global Partners

Cornerstone Global Partners

Recruitment Sectors:

Cornerstone covers 13 niche sectors including Education, Insurance, Life Sciences, Aerospace and Property.

They’re the fastest growing recruitment business in Asia, having grown to 320 people in just 6 years with exceptionally low attrition.

They have offices in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and seven further Chinese cities. Cornerstone specialises in Executive Search, Advisory, Project Staffing and RPO.

We Love:

Cornerstone have one of the highest compensation payouts in the industry, including both a profit share scheme and company equity plan.

Further to this, the leadership team do not take a salary, instead being compensated purely on company performance. Which sets a lead-by-example management style and a culture of ownership and accountability.

It’s a true meritocracy and whether you’re creating value through earnings, building a practice or launching an office. Each Consultant’s empowered to advance quickly through the ranks.

Who They’re Hiring:

High performing Recruitment professionals in both Supply Chain and Technology for their Hong Kong office.

Supported by a fantastic Research team, Consultants don’t have any geographical constraints to developing candidate and client relationships.

It’s an exciting time for individuals with initiative and drive to play a part in the ongoing success of this globally visible, booming business.

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