Security engineers, cloud architects, and mobile developers are among the skills in demand as Singapore welcomes an active jobs market for 2014, says recruiting experts Hays. According to the recruiter’s latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots list of skills in demand, Singapore’s jobs market is on the verge of a huge surge in activity.
“In comparison to 2012-2013, employer sentiment is far more optimistic and is a reflection that South East Asia continues to move from strength to strength,” says Chris Mead, Regional Director of Hays in Singapore & Malaysia. “Once bonuses are awarded and new budgets are in place, vacancy activity will leap forward as candidates explore their options and employers recruit new and replacement talent.
“In most sectors there will be a good mix of both new and replacement roles, and the focus will remain on hiring local Singaporean talent.”
In other trends, Mead notes that contracting within banking and financial services is expected to gain even more traction in 2014. “From private wealth clients up to large full service international banks, all employers are expanding their contract and temporary headcount to help with financial reporting and ongoing finance change,” he says.
“The use of temporary staff is also growing in the IT sector, which is a major change as traditionally the use of flexible workforce strategies was relatively low in Singapore compared to international standards.
“When they recruit, employers across all sectors are also very selective in an attempt to minimize their attrition rate and attract the right candidate,” he said.
As more businesses move into the digital realm and companies face increased cyber threats in an increasingly complex environment, demand is high for security engineers.
Cloud architects are in incredibly high demand in response to the large number of companies that are adopting cloud platforms to capitalize on greater efficiencies and lower cost of ownership.
Hays continues to see high demand for mobile developers as companies explore mobile platforms in order to attract customers, build loyalty and customize their service and product offerings.
Within several industries there is still a demand for sourcing and supplier management specialists with good technical knowledge of the IT and telecommunications markets. These category management positions tend to have a regional remit with a focus on supplier consolidation and cost saving.