SOURCE: Robert Walters

Robert Walters

February 05, 2015 02:00 ET

Strong Career Development to Retain Top Talent in Thailand

BANGKOK, THAILAND--(Marketwired - Feb 5, 2015) - According to the latest annual Global Salary Survey from specialist professional recruitment firm Robert Walters, organisations in Thailand will need to look beyond remuneration in order to retain their best talent. In view of the keen competition for professionals in the market, companies are expected to think long-term and increase their focus on internal career opportunities as well as training and development programmes.

Figures from the survey suggested that candidates who switched jobs in 2014 could command an average salary increment of 20-25%. This trend is likely to continue in 2015.

Gerrit Bouckaert, Country Manager of Robert Walters Thailand, comments:

"Hiring managers in Thailand will continue to compete for business-savvy Thai professionals with bilingual abilities and international exposure. With these professionals in limited supply, companies need to make swift decisions during the recruitment process and provide comprehensive career development, work-life balance as well as attractive compensation and benefits packages."

Other Key Highlights for 2015

  • Accounting and finance professionals with experience in strategic business development, financial planning and treasury will be in demand
  • Due to new international banks entering Thailand, we expect increased demand for relationship managers as companies strive to acquire market share
  • Compensation and benefits specialists remain challenging to source as these professionals currently command some of the highest salaries and organisations have to pay a premium to secure them
  • Specialist IT positions such as those in cloud computing, ERP, data centre and project sales will be highly sought-after
  • Sales and marketing candidates with FMCG experience will be in demand, particularly those with a proven sales record, strong analytical skills and commercial acumen

Notes to editors:

1. Robert Walters is one of the world's leading specialist professional recruitment consultancies and focuses on placing high calibre professionals into permanent, contract and temporary positions at all levels of seniority. The Thailand business recruits across the accountancy and finance, banking, financial services, HR, IT, marketing and sales fields. Established in 1985, the Group has built a global presence with 53 offices spanning 24 countries.

2. Compiled by our dedicated research division, the Salary Survey is based on an analysis of placements made across our network of offices and specialist disciplines during the course of 2014. Now in its sixteenth year, the Survey is used by employers, HR managers and employees for benchmarking salary levels within their industry.

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