human resources (HR)

Top 10 hiring trends in Singapore for 2018, according to Hays

SINGAPORE (Dec 6): Hays Singapore has published a list of what it foresees to be the top 10 talent trends of 2018, in light of a fast-changing workforce environment and continued economic growth.

In a press release on Tuesday, the recruitment firm says organisations can plan to extract greater value from both people and technology in the year ahead to take advantage of positive conditions in the following ways. 

Singapore business optimism for 2018 hits two-year high, finds survey

SINGAPORE (Dec 6): Singapore’s business optimism and profitability expectations for the year ahead have both hit two-year highs after rising 26 and 22 percentage points q-o-q, respectively, according to Grant Thornton’s annual APAC businesses report for 3Q17.

This is in line with much of the Asia Pacific region, which has seen increases in business and profitability sentiment compared to a quarter ago despite q-o-q declines globally in both components of the survey.

53% of job seekers turned off by lengthy recruitment process

SINGAPORE (Nov 20): One in two or about 53% of job seekers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia say that they develop a negative impression of the prospective employer if the hiring process takes longer than expected, according to Randstad Candidate Expectations Survey 2017.

The survey also reported that job seekers tend to prioritise an efficient hiring process as compared to other factors such as the company’s reputation and workplace environment.

How automation is set to revive Singapore’s competitive advantages

SINGAPORE (Aug 22): Despite acknowledging that intelligent technology could progressively claim many jobs, the Singapore government is also confident that artificial intelligence (AI) will concurrently create new jobs in areas such as data analytics, cybersecurity, robotics engineering and revenue management.

A five-year programme called AI.SG – under which Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) has pledged $150 million in funding for up to 100 commercial AI projects – is one example of the city state’s initiatives to develop its status as an innovation capital.

Singapore’s employees most unfazed by prospects of losing their jobs to automation

SINGAPORE (June 5): Despite fears of having their jobs replaced by automation, nearly three quarters of Singaporean employees surveyed say they are happy to retrain into a new role if their salary remained the same or higher, according to Randstad’s Employer Brand Research 2017 survey.

In a media release dated Monday, the recruitment firm says its annual study found that an average of one in five employees (17.3%) across Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia believe that automation will take their jobs away.

Most Singaporeans take charge of their own career development: Hays

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SINGAPORE (March 28): Rather than looking to their employers to provide training, a majority 77% of Singapore respondents are taking responsibility for developing their skills through self-learning and leveraging on-the-job experience, according to a recent poll by Hays.

Conversely, only 16% of Singapore respondents rely on their employers to provide training and development, while just 7% depend on formal courses to add to their skill sets.

Singapore government efforts drive spike in vacancies for IT experts

SINGAPORE (March 27): While employers across Asia generally remained cautious in their hiring activates during the last quarter of 2016, there has been a particular surge in demand for professionals within the financial service and IT space, according the Asia Job Index for Q4 2016 survey by Robert Walters.

The Asia Job Index tracks job advertising volumes for professional positions across the leading job boards and national newspapers in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

Does your company have this key business strategy in place?

SINGAPORE (Nov 22): As both a woman and a person of colour, Erika Irish Brown spent over 15 years of her career in the financial sector feeling fortunate to have been given what she saw as equal opportunities as everyone else in the US.

Her first stint at Wall Street was incidentally via a minority internship programme in 1990.

“I was among a group of four ‘minority interns’. At the time, words like ‘diversity’ weren’t really a concept yet. If you were talking about diversity, I’d assume you were referring to asset classes and portfolios,” she laughs.

Amid Singapore’s slowing economy, these life science professions are still high in demand

SINGAPORE (Nov 21): Despite Singapore’s slowing economy and volatile economic environment, the city state’s maturing life science industry continues to report a strong demand for talent, says Randstad Singapore.

According to the recruitment agency’s recent ‘Top 8 Most In-Demand Life Science Jobs’ report, these professionals will be particularly high in demand in 2017:

Does workplace gender equality exist? Singapore women don’t think so

SINGAPORE (Nov 2): Singaporean employees, especially the women, have indicated a noticeable sentiment of gender disparity at the workplace – more so than those in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

(See also: Singapore seen as worst APAC country for workplace gender equality)

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