Recruiting talented executives for start-up or expanding established companies in the Philippines’ burgeoning technology industry was discussed at the recent 2016 Philippine Cloud Summit at the SMX Convention Center in Taguig City, Metro Manila.
With the theme ‘The IoT: The Pinnacle of Digital,’ the Philippines’ first Internet of Things (IoT) summit featured in excess of 70 exhibitors from a range of industries.
Cecille Marie Gonzales, a consultant with executive recruitment company Monroe Consulting Group Philippines, said the two-day event featured the latest developments in the world of IoT, which was essentially an interrelated system of computing devices and physical objects – from cars and buildings to household electronics and even people – that allowed for the fully automated transfer of data over networks.
“One estimate is that by 2020, we are looking at 26 billion connected devices, though some believe this to be a conservative figure,” Cecille said. “So yes, it’s a growth area that will have innumerable impacts on all of our daily lives.”
She said that during her discussions with industry leaders at the summit, it was apparent that the growth of this industry in the Philippines and other emerging markets such as Thailand and Indonesia, was dependent on the ability of companies to source and recruit qualified and experienced staff in not only technical positions but also at the managerial level, including CEOs and country managers.
“Monroe is an international award-winning recruitment company that has been operating in emerging markets such as the Philippines for more than a decade,” she said. “We specialize in a number of key industries, including the technology sector where we are strong and have placed hundreds of executives with leading multinational and national companies.”
Colleague Kathleen Gumayan said Monroe had an extensive database of qualified technology professionals. “But sourcing candidates is only part of our job,” she said. “We have rigorous internal mechanisms to ensure we are placing the most suitable candidates in the most suitable positions. Basically we aim to secure the perfect match.”
Kathleen said part of Monroe’s success in achieving this was in attending important industry events such as ‘The IoT: The Pinnacle of Digital’ to ensure recruitment consultants were abreast of the latest industry news and trends, including salaries and other human resources (HR) concerns.
“The IoT is such a hot topic now and in many ways is the future, so it’s important that we stay abreast of the industry, particularly staffing, which benefits our client companies and job candidates.”