5 ways fresh grads can succeed in the evolving business landscape: Robert Half

SINGAPORE (July 15): Employers in Singapore are preparing for an influx of fresh university graduates to enter the job market.

About 18,500 Singapore students are expected to graduate in July, of which 6,000 are in IT and engineering and 1,300 in accountancy.

These are based on latest available figures from 2017 and assuming relatively static population growth.

More than 250 jobs up for grabs at Startup Career Fair tomorrow

SINGAPORE (Mar 6): Singapore’s biggest Startup Career Fair happening on Thursday, Mar 7, will see more than 60 startups offerings more than 250 full-time, part-time, and internship positions.

These positions hail from sectors such as IT, media, education technology, and in roles such as business development, marketing, sales, engineering, and more.

The Startup Career Fair is expected to attract experienced hires aspiring for a mid-career switch, fresh graduates and students.

80% of SMEs expect more incentives at Budget 2019 to help cope with business challenges: DBS poll

SINGAPORE (Feb 15): Some eight in 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore are expecting the government to announce more incentives at Budget 2019 to help support business growth amid a challenging economic environment.

This is according to a dipstick poll by DBS Bank, which conducted a pre-budget survey with 150 of its SME clients last week.

More than a quarter of SMEs cited manpower issues such as hiring the right people and retaining employees as a major challenge, while more than a fifth complain of high operational costs.

UOB sees deficit of $1.2 bil in FY2019 Budget on moderating domestic economy

SINGAPORE (Jan 30): Singapore is expected to see a small and manageable deficit of $1.2 billion for its FY2019 Budget, which comes off the back of a moderating domestic economy, says UOB.

Taking centrestage at the Feb 18 Budget statement should also be further guidance on revenue drivers for the next decade (2021 to 2030) that would enable Singapore to deal with global economic uncertainties and changing needs of its people.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic partners London's CFTE to launch AI in Finance course

SINGAPORE (Apr 24): Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) is partnering London-based Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) to launch a new AI in Finance (AIF) course.

The AIF course will be a fully online that comprises 18 modules, for financial institutions seeking to update their staff on artificial intelligence (AI) developments in their industry.

Singaporeans eager to upskill, but not entirely from their own pockets: Randstad

SINGAPORE (Apr 4): Singapore recorded the highest number of employees in Southeast Asia who expect their government to offer incentives should they choose to develop their professional competencies or remain in the workforce.

Based on the results from the Randstad Workmonitor study for 4Q17, 80% of employees surveyed globally believe their governments should offer incentives such as tax rebates and subsidies if they choose to further develop their professional competencies.

Almost half of job vacancies in 2016 were for PMETs

SINGAPORE (Feb 7): Nearly half of all job vacancies in 2016 were for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), the Ministry of Manpower revealed on Tuesday.

The share of PMET job openings has increased steadily from a trough of 39% in 2013 to a peak of 48% last year. MOM says this “reflects restructuring of the economy and workforce”.

As at Sept 30, 2016, there were a total of 53,800 jobs to be filled, according to latest data from MOM.

The job vacancies were mainly for education, healthcare, infocomm and service-related occupations.

What to expect of Singapore’s budget & economic strategy in 2017

SINGAPORE (Feb 6): DBS Group Research is expecting this year’s impending Committee on the Future Economy (CFE)  report to “map out the longer-term future of the economy”, while projecting Budget FY17 to feature more “bite” for the near- to medium-term.

9 in 10 Singapore companies paid out retrenchment benefits in 2015

SINGAPORE (Dec 29): The proportion of establishments in Singapore giving out retrenchment benefits remains high, says the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) based on the results of its Retrenchment Benefits Survey covering retrenchments conducted in 2015.

Earlier this month, MOM reported that the number of worker lay-offs in Singapore recently hit a seven-year high with some 13,730 workers being let go in the first nine months of 2016 alone.

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