Return of the Asian Talent

Attracting overseas Asian professionals to return home has emerged as a viable alternative for regional firms looking to overcome the talent shortage.

But this alternative can only be fully utilised if hiring managers know how to optimally attract and retain this unique group of talent.

Our latest whitepaper, ‘Return of the Asian Talent’ explores the different motivators and incentives that will influence overseas Asians to seek employment opportunities back home.

Key highlights of this whitepaper: 

  • 82% of overseas Singaporean professionals are interested to return home.
  • 32% of overseas Asians say the most effective way employers can ensure a smooth transition back home is to offer them an attractive salary increment.
  • 42% of overseas Asians looking for employment opportunities back home will first meet with a recruitment consultancy or headhunter.

"Our Global Salary Survey 2016 reflected the strong demand for skilled IT professionals, particularly for those with specialist skills in cyber security and e-commerce," says Toby Fowlston, Managing Director, Robert Walters Southeast Asia. 

"With returning Asians also seeking employment opportunities in this sector, we expect IT to be one of the most active areas of recruitment in 2016." 

Canvassing the responses of over 650 job seekers and hiring managers across Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, this Robert Walters whitepaper is based on the findings of specific surveys and in-depth interviews conducted from June to December 2015.

In support of the drive for local talent from both the Singapore Government and companies, Robert Walters has also launched an award-winning campaign, ‘Balik Kampung’, to actively engage overseas Singaporeans who may be looking for employment opportunities back home.

For more information on Robert Walters’ ‘Balik Kampung’ programme, click here.

View the 'Return of the Asian Talent' whitepaper here.