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22 May 2020
ESG may be on the agenda of almost every organisation in Asia but how many companies truly understand it and most importantly, how many truly care? We have reached a point in society when the term ‘lip service’ is almost as commonplace as diversity within business and an ingrained mistrust in organisations is having a detrimental effect on their future talent pools with professionals questioning the legitimacy of public promises of gender, racial and intergenerational diversity. I’m beginning to see the same pattern appear within the ESG marketplace too as organisations promise to care about building a sustainable and ethical organisation with a low carbon footprint but fail to deliver on any evidence and unsurprisingly, it’s leaving the top tier of ESG talent within the Asset Management space questioning their choices. In the same way as we see organisations publicly championing gender diversity and publishing gender pay reports to match, organisations across the APAC region need to start proving they aren’t just talking about environmental change. They need to show the world that they are tirelessly trying to make ethical investments, avoid unconscious bias and make the move to sustainability. Coca-Cola is a great example of an organisation pledging a focus on ESG to redeem their brand. With Ocean hoovers and promises to collect more bottles than they distribute, the FTSE 50 organisation are going above and beyond to show their customer and employee demographic that they have no room for lip service where ESG is concerned and it’s about time other companies follow suit. We are producing a white paper focused on the importance of ESG within Asset Management, more specifically, tailored to the exceptional professionals looking for a role that really matters and the organisations trying to home them. I would love to hear your views on the ESG marketplace in Asia – do you think it’s time for a change?
28 Oct 2019
Eight weeks ago, I moved to Hong Kong and it already feels like home. Having spent seven years working across the UK IT Recruitment Sector I decided it was time for a change and so I packed a bag and said goodbye to Cardiff. I was expecting to undergo some transitionary period; a culture shock you could say, but with a thriving social scene, diverse culture and millions of people from all walks of life on your doorstep, it was an easy move. There was however, one difference and that was the contract market in Hong Kong. It remains to be behind anything I have ever seen in the UK and despite there being a huge skills shortage with more positions than people, the contracting market is frowned upon and contractors are thought of as professionals unable to get a permanent role rather those seeking career diversity. What also struck me as strange was the fact that contractors in Hong Kong receive the same salary as those in permanent employment which removes the financial reward that comes hand-in-hand with the Interim world of work in the UK and removing the attraction to it as a result. While I understand the benefits of permanent employment, I also see the necessity for contract work - especially in the technology and digital world where a variety of cultures means for an abundance of Hong Kong narrative speakers and a real language barrier. I’ve found that international businesses in the tech space are absolutely fine, the likes of Facebook, Netflix and Google. But, it’s the local businesses that are really suffering. If these employees were contractors, coming in to complete a programme or implementation and then leaving it would be fine but these are permanent employees, not able to communicate with their employers. The biggest issue is that local businesses in desperate need of technological help are putting their needs on hold to find the perfect person with the technological and social competencies but it’s slowing them down and depriving them of the top tier of technical talent. While this issue appears not to be a new one, I am keen to speak to my new network in Hong Kong to hear your views on contracting and see if you are open-minded to hiring on an Interim basis to fill the skills-gap?
24 Oct 2019
Last week I took a trip to Hong Kong and it was incredible. The food, the culture, the people and the roleplays. All 12 hours of them! Over the course of the week the team in our Hong Kong office and I performed role plays ranging from business development calls and client meetings to first interview calls and candidate meetings. It was fascinating to see the way our consultants have learnt to engage with customers across the APAC region, how they handle objections, and how they deal with situations outside of their comfort zone. The role plays helped to uncover many great things that our Hong Kong team are already doing. What was really interesting was to see how the team has learnt, working in a diverse city, how to tailor their approach to people of all walks of life. A big focus was placed on building relationships with all of our contacts on a personal level which is at the very core of what we do across Stanton House – it was amazing to see this living and breathing in a different environment. The week of role plays also uncovered a range of development issues for the people and the team which were truly insightful not just for the individuals but for the management team in understanding where pain points exist and what steps we can take together in solving them. For me, the most gratifying part of the week was hearing our leaders talk about developing their local learning culture which they now believe should include role plays as part of their everyday. As I embark on a new week back in London I have reflected on the incredible journey I took just last week and am truly overwhelmed to see how seriously all parts of our business take their learning journey and excited to see what’s to come!
22 Oct 2019
I am delighted to announce that Stanton House is expanding its international offering with the launch of an office in Chicago next month, precisely nine years on from our launch in October 2010. Our initial team of four experienced Stanton House colleagues will be delivering Cyber Security recruitment solutions into the US market. Cyber Security is one of our fastest growing specialisms and our customer research tells us that Cyber talent is one of the most in-demand skill-sets across the US. We believe our practice can add significant value to our US customers and we are excited to get going. The new offering will build on our current offering of Professional Services and Technology Recruitment Solutions that we deliver from our four UK offices, Hong Kong and Singapore. We selected Chicago as our starting point for expansion into the US because the Mid-West way of doing business suits our customer-focused way of working beautifully. Many of our largest Global Clients are Headquartered in Chicago and it is quite simply a brilliant City to live and work. The Vice-President of our US business, Henry Yeomans, says; “I joined Stanton House six years ago and have had the pleasure of building two significant teams focused on the UK market. I am excited to be relocating my life to Chicago and leading an exceptional team of people to build our Cyber Security Practice. I have no doubt that our focus on building long-term relationships with customers, through sharing our deep expertise in Cyber Security, and operating with the highest ethical standards will take us on an exciting growth journey.” These are truly exciting times and we look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of our new Chicago offering.
19 Sep 2019
With almost a decade of experience working in the recruitment industry throughout Australia, Dubai and Hong Kong, Glasgow-born Ross Ellingham joins Stanton House today as Managing Director of Asia Pacific. Ross started his career in recruitment with Page Group in Australia where he became Manager within two years. He then moved to Spencer-Ogden as Country Manager before moving to Dubai to become Executive General Manager with Programmed International, overseeing five other countries. Ross has since spent three years in Hong Kong working as Director and then Managing Director for Proco Global and joins Stanton House today to take-over the companies APAC offering while former Head of Hong Kong, Justin Hunting, moves to Australia as part of the organisations next stage of expansion. The new hire and internal promotion comes as Stanton House gets ready to launch its US offering with a new office in Chicago, just months after a big London move to the City. Chief Customer Officer, Nick Eaves, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ross to Stanton House, he brings a wealth of experience and a track record of success with respected competitors. "Ross fits perfectly with the Stanton House Culture and Values and shares our commitment to deliver exceptional customer experiences. I very much look forward to working with him as he leads the growth of our offering across APAC.” You can congratulate Ross on LinkedIn.
16 Aug 2019
With more people looking to spend their money on experiences and their spare time on adventures we ask why more people aren’t considering a career move to Hong Kong. Truly a city that never sleeps, Hong Kong offers year-long summers, incredible travel destinations and a noncompetitive marketplace for you to begin an exceptional career. To find out what life in Hong Kong is like for a British expat, we caught up with our Head of Asset Management, Fergus Hardy, who having moved from London just three years ago says he’ll never look back. How long was the adjustment period? Recruitment in Hong Kong really isn’t all that different to recruitment in the UK. We may not use job boards and pull in bigger fees but, it’s not a completely new way of working it’s simply enhancing your current skill-set in an exciting culture and less competitive marketplace. In fact, moving to Hong Kong doesn’t require much of an adjustment period at all. We all speak English; we take off British Public Holidays (as well as our own) and have around 20 days of annual leave. The only differences are a shortened commute, an increased wellbeing and the opportunity to travel to incredible places that are now completely accessible. Comparing the UK to HK The average commute in Hong Kong is about five minutes and our Director of Hong Kong, Justin, has the longest commute in the office which is a 15-minute walk or a 5-minute taxi which costs £2.60 to be precise. Most of the team live just a three-minute walk away as everything is relative, you have city life, parties and beaches, all on your doorstep. When I come back to London it’s always the first thing I notice - The unreliable transport links hosting masses of people, the inability to breathe on the tube and after an hour on the central line you feel like you need a holiday. In Hong Kong, you walk everywhere. Everything is accessible and you may leave work at 6 or 7pm some nights, but you’ll be home by 5 minutes past. What’s more – you have more time to travel – a mix of British and HK public holidays and annual leave means you have nearly 30 days for yourself and with the likes of Bali, Fiji and Sri Lanka all just a short flight away, you have more to see on your days off. Hong Kong truly removes the stress that comes with living in the UK from the little things like avoiding TFL to affordability with tax sitting at just 15%. You pay once a year in January. Why would you move to Hong Kong of all places? It’s not just a practical move. Hong Kong is vibrant. It’s the perfect place to sit back and relax with beautiful beaches and scenic walks, an invigorating night life and incredible food. You meet people from around the world and it should be crowned the city that never sleeps. The marketplace is far less competitive than the UK and gives you the opportunity to make an exceptional career whether you are experienced or not and it’s simply a way to do the job you’re good at right now, in an entirely new place rich with culture and opportunity. Hong Kong isn’t’ what you might expect Hong Kong may be a bustling city but, it’s not a city as you may know it. There are multiple beaches 20 minutes away, a big social expat community of hockey, rugby, cricket and football. There are boat parties, brunches and bars wherever you look and in 25 minutes you can reach China or grab a cheap flight to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia - the perfect way to spend those extra holiday days! For longer trips you can visit places like Fiji, Australia and New Zealand which are all much more accessible from Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a very active city and it doesn’t just offer the conventional sporting activities. Everyone tends to flock to the mountains at the weekends to see the beautiful views while after work you can find yourself Dragon Boating – a version of rowing which is extremely popular. There are also junk boats which allow 40 people to head out to the ocean on a yacht or boat and party with access to unlimited alcohol and food – essentially, a cooler way to bottomless brunch. There is also a huge wake boarding, scuba diving and surfing scene for those who are a little more adventurous! What many don’t realise is there is also a huge skiing scene in Japan and Korea and temperatures in Hong Kong don’t tend to drop below 10 degrees while winter only last a few weeks – surely this is the main selling point! So, you’re sold on the culture but is it a wise career move? The recruitment market is less saturated here, there aren’t as many recruiters and standards are low so if you have good process and work well it’s easy to come over and make an exceptional and successful career. Fees are higher, salaries are higher, the way of life is better. People come to Hong Kong and they never want to leave. It’s also not going to hinder your future life plans. When I first moved to Hong Kong I thought about my own security in the UK, would I make it back onto the property ladder? Would I settle down? Of course, these are all-natural worries but fast-forward several years and we have thriving careers, relationships, friendships, homes and happy lives. I have never regretted the move and would urge anyone contemplating a move abroad to see what Hong Kong has to offer. If you have any more questions about life at Stanton House Hong Kong you can reach out to Fergus here.
04 Jun 2019
Sophie Baker joins Stanton House today having spent four years working in the recruitment industry in Hong Kong, specialising in Supply Chain and Logistics. Sophie now joins our Head of Asset Management, Fergus Hardy, in building an international Investment Desk to provide a full suite of front office hiring capabilities across Asia-Pacific. Fergus said: “Sophie has a strong eye for detail, is thorough in her assessments of candidates and has a rich and diverse history in both recruitment and teaching across Thailand, Hong Kong and the UK. This demonstrates Sophie’s strong work ethic and passion for people and we are both excited to have her on board and convinced she will contribute very quickly to the growth of our team.” You can welcome Sophie on LinkedIn here.
25 Mar 2019
Hong Kong offers a dynamic way of life not comparable to anywhere else in the world. It is vibrant, fast-paced and culturally diverse but with an array of professionals finding their way into the heart of Hong Kong everyday - how do we encourage inclusivity and acceptance? The ethnic make-up of Hong Kong varies wildly and according to 2016 census Report, includes 35,069 Brits and 15,749 Americans. With so many different cultures congregating in the workplace it is vital organisations invest their time into improving their culture and it seems there’s a quick solution that can bring with it a range of commercial benefits. Reverse-Mentoring sees the traditional mentoring relationship turned on its head. It can take many forms but often has a junior employee mentoring their senior, a female professional mentoring a male superior or ethnic minorities mentor their non-minority peers, all in a bid to educate the workforce and improve diversity at every level. This initiative offers a low-cost, hands-on approach to transforming your workplace and while diversifying your current and future talent pools can help you to retain millennial talent, up-skill an existing generation of employees and support your commercial benefits. It requires little other than top-down sponsorship and an investment of time and brings all of your employees together regardless of their culture, age or experience. We have recently produced a white paper exploring the benefits of Reverse-Mentoring which will guide you through the process and offer insight, opinion and thought-leadership from organisations such as EY and Microsoft Asia who have mastered the scheme. To receive a copy of the paper please do get in touch and in the meantime, join the conversation – do you think Reverse-Mentoring could change the culture of Hong Kong?
19 Mar 2019
Emma Quan joins our Hong Kong office today to help expand our Asset Management offering across the Asia-Pacific. Emma’s arrival will further support our clients needs with a narrow but deep focus across Institutional and Intermediary Distribution. Executive Consultant and Manager of Asset Management, Fergus Hardy, said: "We are convinced that Emma will add to her success in the recruitment industry with Stanton House and look forward to seeing her grow." To congratulate Emma, connect with her on LinkedIn.
19 Feb 2019
Emily Beebe, Chloe England and Fergus Hardy have today been promoted to Executive Consultant. The three former Principals have been with Stanton House since 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively and have all been shining examples of career progression within the company. Emily joined Stanton House as a Candidate Relationship Consultant in 2014 and started climbing the ranks early on becoming Consultant in 2015 followed by Principal in 2017 and as of today, Executive. Similarly, Chloe joined us as Consultant having recently graduated from Durham University. She became Principal Consultant last year and today joins Emily as one of three Executives in the company. Fergus has also taken an extraordinary career journey with Stanton House since joining in 2016. Not only is he our third Executive Consultant in the company but also leads our Asset Management offering in Hong Kong. Neil Wilson, CEO and co-founder of Stanton House said: "We are extremely proud that 3 of our people, who all joined Stanton House with little or no recruitment experience, have achieved the prestigious position of Executive Consultant. "Chloe, Emily and Fergus have all produced amazing results and, importantly, have done so while remaining true to the Vision and Values of Stanton House. As well as having the necessary talent to be top performers they also demonstrate an exceptional level of focus and the determination to do a great job. "They are inspirational role models. We look forward to the next phase of their development." To congratulate Emily, Chloe and Fergus, connect with them on LinkedIn.
28 Jan 2019