Trilingual Hong Kong workers are in high demand throughout the region, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Report.

Jobseekers with proficiency in Cantonese, English and Mandarin are at a distinct advantage in today's job market, the recruiting firm said.

"Hong Kong's geographic and political position to mainland China allows it to act as a gateway for global companies that seek to break into the China market. For this reason, trilingual candidates remain in short supply and they can command premium rates," Hays managing director for Asia Christine Wright said.

Hays said its research shows that there is a technical skills shortage in Hong Kong's IT jobs market today, as well as in other sectors including engineering, insurance and construction.

In the IT sector, there are currently many opportunities for front-end developers due to an increase in software development jobs. Technical skills required include HTML, CSS and Javascript.

As more enterprises move IT jobs offshore, IT relationship managers are also in high demand, namely specialists capable of managing inter-business activities..

Candidates with strong web security skills are wanted in large and medium enterprises looking to counter increased cyber attack activity. The need for Java developers also remains ever-present due to the ubiquity of the programming language.

Finally, project managers with Agile experience are sought after because of the potential of these professionals to improve revenue and cost-control. Enterprises are particularly looking for candidates who have strong experience in the product development lifecycle.