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Why are Software Engineers So Important to Hong Kong?

Kay Hui
April 30, 2021
Last updated on
March 13, 2024


In recent years, the tech development of Asia has been flourishing. However, Hong Kong lags behind cities like Singapore and Beijing while Shenzhen races ahead.

To increase competitiveness, tech development in Hong Kong has been accelerating these past few years, and the demand for Software Engineers is increasing rapidly.

So what is a Software Engineer?

The websites and mobile applications that we are used to seeing are all designed and developed by software engineers. There is a huge variety of software engineers, including front-end developers, back-end developers, full-stack developers and mobile developers amongst others.

Why become a Software Engineer?

As the banking industry starts moving towards a digital paradigm, the investment banking, finance, and insurance sectors are hiring more software developers. The demand for software engineers has increased drastically.

To add, the government is putting in efforts to accelerate the growing demand for tech talents as well. This is proved by the development plan of Cyberport and the Science Park, together with the $2 billion funding into the Re-industrialisation scheme in this year's budget plan. The setting up of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) also attracts many tech companies from overseas to develop their businesses in Hong Kong.

Backing up by governmental support, the local startup scene has demonstrated phenomenal growth in recent years. Compared to the statistics from 2017, there has been a 51% increase in Hong Kong startups.

Read Also: Role of Software Engineers in Startups

The salary of a software engineer is very attractive. Their starting salaries are in the range of HKD18,000 to HKD30,000 monthly. As skills and experience increase, salaries can go up to even HKD45,000 - HKD50,000 monthly.

How to become a Software Engineer?

There are various ways to learn and become a software engineer and it doesn’t matter if you have a university degree or not, as long as you’re able to write good code. So all you need is the right coding course in Hong Kong and a lot of dedication to become a Software Engineer.

Read Also: Career Guide: Software Engineering in Hong Kong 2021

Xccelerate offers a full-time Full-stack Software Engineering Immersive bootcamp, preparing you from zero to job-ready in 16 weeks. If you already have knowledge of some coding languages and would like to upgrade your skills, this would be a great head-start!

The market demand keeps increasing. Want to stay competitive in the job market? Check out our software engineering courses in HK and find the right skills for you.

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