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Singapore indicates region's weakest hiring intentions for 1Q19: ManpowerGroup

SINGAPORE (Dec 11): Singapore’s hiring pace is expected to moderate in 1Q19 after three consecutive quarters of strengthening labour market activity, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

After accounting for seasonal variations, ManpowerGroup notes that the net employment outlook was +10%, unchanged y-o-y but down from 11%-13% over 2Q-4Q18. This means hiring intentions declined by 3 percentage points when compared to the previous quarter, but unchanged in comparison to a year ago.  

Singaporeans say attractive salary and benefits a must-have for ideal employer

SINGAPORE (June 5): A majority of 68% of employees and job seekers in Singapore say that an attractive salary and benefits is a must-have criteria of an ideal employer, according to Randstad’s latest Employer Brand Research 2018.

This is followed closely by 64% who take importance in their work-life balance and 42% who expect career progression opportunities.

Singapore job market shrinks significantly in 4Q

SINGAPORE (Jan 19): Singapore saw a significant drop in both jobs and job seekers this current Q4, according to Morgan McKinley’s APAC Employment Monitor for 4Q17.

As compared to a strong performance in Q3, jobs were down by 20%, while professionals seeking new jobs were down 37% q-o-q.

Richie Holliday, COO of Morgan McKinley Asia Pacific says, “Despite closing the year with a low performance, the financial services market in Singapore was stronger in 2017 than 2016.”

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.

More Singapore workers worry about skill obsolescence rather than layoffs

SINGAPORE (May 4): Singapore’s workers, known for being highly skilled, are well aware and confident of their market power. So much that the majority of employees may not even think twice about jumping ship given the opportunity, should they be displeased with their current work situation in any way.

Based on recent job placement and trend data in the 2017 Kelly Services and Capita Salary Guide, a majority 74% of workers in Singapore believe their skill sets and experience allow them to compete effectively with other job seekers.

Local startup launches app targeting gig economy

MyWork team

SINGAPORE (April 5): MyWork Global today launched its new mobile application called mywork as part of its efforts to facilitate job matching in Singapore’s gig economy –  where businesses often rely on temporarily staff or freelancers to produce work on a per-project or contract basis.

The mywork app is currently available for download on the Apple AppStore as well as on Google Play at no charge for consumers, and for an initial fee of $9.90 for businesses.  

Local jobseekers have the highest chance of getting a shot at these industries

SINGAPORE (Feb 8): 76.1% of Singapore’s hiring companies surveyed for’s Asia Job Opportunities Report were in search of executive job applicants at the regular position level in 2016, especially in the fields of finance and marketing.

The Ministry of Manpower on Tuesday released data which indicates that nearly half of all job vacancies in 2016 were for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs).

4 ways to improve your LinkedIn profile that beat hiding behind buzzwords

SINGAPORE (Feb 1): "Passionate" took the top spot among Singapore-based LinkedIn profiles as the most overused buzzword of 2016. This year, it has been replaced by the word "leadership".

The professional network compiles a list of most-used buzzwords drawn from analysing over a million profiles in Singapore each year on January, which is historically the most popular month for LinkedIn profile updates worldwide.

Work is redefined as veterans and job seekers alike explore ‘gigs’ and start-ups

Ashima Thomas and Abhi Kumar do not consider themselves unconventional, despite giving up secure, well-paying jobs to start their own media production firm. Thomas had worked for several years with multinational news organisations, while Kumar was a director at a global bank’s Singa pore headquarters. Three years ago, the husband-and-wife team took the plunge and started Warrior9 so that Kumar could make a short film. He majored in accountancy at university but has long had a passion for scriptwriting.

Preparing for unpredictability

SINGAPORE (Dec 11): It has been an interesting year for jobs and employment in Singapore. On the one hand, jobs have been harder to come by, and more people are clinging on to their positions at work because of a lack of options.

Yet, for the first time since 2012, job vacancies outnumbered job seekers, suggesting some kind of mismatch.

For the most part, the difficulty in finding new jobs has been attributed to a slowing economy.

With softening demand for physical goods worldwide, exports out of Singapore have been under pressure.

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