New scheme to level up tech sector amid global talent grab

SINGAPORE (Aug 5): The pilot plan unveiled on July 30 to help technology companies in Singapore hire tech talent from abroad signals a “fine-tuning” of the city state’s labour policy to address local talent shortage in specific tech fields, say economists. The programme will alleviate concerns over talent shortage for MNCs that want to set up shop in Singapore and help start-ups expand in the region.


Singapore wins Asia's talent battle, but is trounced by Europe

SINGAPORE (Nov 20): Switzerland once again clinched the top spot in a global survey on fostering and attracting talent, in a top 10 list that includes Canada but not the US, and no Asian nations.

The country retained its title for the fifth consecutive year on the World Talent Ranking report published by IMD Business School, a result of its strong emphasis on skills training and education. Denmark and Norway were ranked second and third respectively in the poll, which was dominated by European countries.

IBM partners IMDA to roll out 'New Collar Apprenticeship' initiative after layoffs in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Aug 16): International Business Machines (IBM) is joining the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s (IMDA) Company-Led Training programme under its TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) initiative to roll out their first “New Collar Apprenticeship” initiative outside of the US.

Through the apprenticeships, IBM Singapore intends to also employ and train non-degree holders for infocomm technology (ICT) jobs within the technology industry.

For most Singaporeans, living abroad is still the dream: Survey

SINGAPORE (July 16): A significant majority of Singaporeans would like to live abroad, albeit not infinitely, according to a recent study conducted by online money transfer service TransferWise.

Out of the 1,000 Singaporean citizens and PRs surveyed, 85% said they would like to live outside of Singapore. However, only 18% said they would want to leave Singapore permanently, with another 50% wanting to live abroad for up to five years.   

The top countries picked for long-term migration include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the UK, in order of preference.

11 highly sought-after roles in 2018 and beyond: Hays

SINGAPORE (Jan 3): The fourth industrial revolution is upon us to transform the way we work, with the inevitable automation of certain jobs and aspects of roles; the creation of entirely new roles; and the demand for the latest skills set to increase.

This is according to Hays CEO, Alistair Cox, who, in his latest blog post on LinkedIn, offers his thoughts on the jobs and skills that he expects to see in 2018 and beyond.

Panel survey reveals top 3 HR concerns in Singapore's services industry for 2018

SINGAPORE (Nov 29): Human resources leaders from the services industries are citing competition for talent as their biggest concern for the coming year, according to a survey conducted during a panel discussion today.

Themed Engaging Singapore’s Workforce of the Future the event was hosted by cloud-based software provider Workday.  Panellists included Human Capital Leader Institute’s CEO Wong Su-Yen; MediaCorp’s VP, Digital Marketing, Miguel Bernas; and Merle Chen, CHRO of Lo & Behold Group.

How important is strategy development among Singapore-listed companies?

SINGAPORE (Nov 7): Discussions about strategy development do not make the top five priorities among the boards of directors of Singapore-listed companies, according to the latest survey by the Singapore Board of Directors.

The report, compiled by the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), Singapore Exchange and the Singapore University of Social Sciences, primarily shows that only 48% of respondent firms said they held a dedicated board strategy session in the last 12 months.

Singapore’s employers set the bar high even while facing IT talent shortage

SINGAPORE (May 2): Employers in Singapore are setting high standards for the information technology (IT) candidates they hire, even as the local job market continues to see a shortage in IT talent – with demand only likely to grow over the quarter, according to recruitment expert Hays.

“Despite the strong demand for talent, employers remain focused on hiring candidates with strong 'soft skills',” notes Lynne Roeder, managing director for Hays in Singapore, in a press release on Tuesday.  

Singapore retains title as most talent competitive country in Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE (April 18): For the fourth consecutive year, Singapore has retained its top spot in Asia Pacific in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2017, followed by Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Malaysia.  

The annual benchmarking report, which measures the ability of countries to compete for talent, was announced today during GTCI’s regional launch at INSEAD Asia campus in Singapore.

Grooming entrepreneurs requires openness to foreigners, better access to capital

SINGAPORE (March 23): In the face of growing pressure to remain relevant in the changing world economy, Singapore needs to relook at how it is growing its innovation ecosystem. Recently, a report by the 30-member Committee of the Future Economy laid out strategies and recommendations for the country to achieve its vision of a connected and vibrant city. Among them: a need to strengthen our innovation ecosystem.

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