Hard skills in hot demand next year
WORKERS with hard skills in areas such as engineering and information technology will be in big demand next year, as the economy continues its restructuring towards a skill-based one. Those with a knack for selling products and services, as well as people with strong technical skills in risk and compliance, also top the hot job list for next year, according to recruiters and headhunters.
A key theme driving human resources next year will be a focus on productivity, as firms continue to figure out new ways of doing more with less manpower.
The manufacturing and aerospace sectors, for example, are embarking on research and development and automation projects, said Ms Linda Teo, country manager at recruitment firm ManpowerGroup Singapore.
“More firms are turning to automation to raise productivity, and the demand for automation engineers is outstripping supply,” she added. And employers are also willing to pay more.
Engineers with five years of experience can earn anything between $5,000 and $6,000, say recruiters.
In comparison, those in regular sales and marketing jobs can expect salaries of between $3,500 and $4,500.
Restrictions on foreign labour, as well as the slowing supply of skilled graduates in engineering, are contributing to the rising demand for those with the right skills for the job.
Engineers, for example, are particularly difficult to recruit, as not enough students are choosing to study engineering in university.
Ms Teo said: “The lack of engineers becomes more acute with more start-up companies and projects on Jurong Island.”
Bosses say the labour crunch has magnified the need for experienced workers with the right skills, as they can handle tasks from the get-go. One employer who is looking for experienced staff is Ms Cynthia Siantar, the co-founder of two-month-old tech start-up Call Levels.
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