All is well in the Asia-Pacific tech job market — if you’re an electronics engineer, computer or software engineer, computer scientist, or IT professional — at least in most of the larger countries. Software skills dominate job listings for technical professionals throughout the region with titles that suggest a narrowing of skill set requirements.
Some of the hiring highlights across the region include:
- General Electric has more than 200 openings for engineers, mostly in Beijing and Shanghai (design, systems, and software engineers top the list).
- Freescale Semiconductor plans to open 10 new sales offices in China, to be staffed with experienced sales and technical teams. Freescale currently employs about 4000 in China, mainly in a package testing facility in Tianjin and five R&D centers.
- Rockwell Collins and Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology, an AVIV subsidiary, have formed a joint venture to design, manufacturer, and market commercial aviation flight simulators. Specific hiring plans have not been disclosed, but the joint venture expects to begin operation by the end of 2013.
- Huawei Technologies, one of China’s leading information and communications technology providers, says it plans to strengthen its role in the Asia-Pacific enterprise ICT market with the addition of several engineers in Bangalore and Pune, India.
- Bosch says its need for qualified specialists is especially high in Asia. Bosch plans to hire about 300 graduates from its apprentice program for positions in China and India, and has set up occupation training centers in Vietnam and Thailand to meet its requirements in those areas.
- Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, recently reported spending US $130.5 million for R&D in the first quarter ended 31 March, most of which Baidu says went to the expansion of its R&D staff. That’s an 82.9 percent increase in its investment in R&D overall over the same period in 2012.