SINGAPORE: More than 12,000 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) jobs are available under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills package to help boost a growing digital economy, the Ministry of Labor (MOM) said in its latest Employment Status Report on Tuesday (November 24).
Since 2015, 17,000 locals have joined the industry and since June this year they constitute 71% of the 190,200 employees in the industry.
These are people within sub-sectors, such as telecommunications services and software providers, but do not include tech workers in other parts of the economy.
From April to early November this year, more than 7,000 jobseekers were placed in jobs, internships, recruitment and training programs – making the ICT industry the top-ranked sector under the SGUnited initiative.
“While COVID-19 has disrupted the economy and the labor market, it has also accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, leading to the creation of new job roles and increased demand for ICT human resources,” the MOM said.
A total of 2,160 people secured jobs, of which 1,830 were in professional, managerial, executive and technical (PMET) roles, while 1,970 people were placed in internships and recruitment and 3,060 people were placed in training programs.
In a press conference during her visit to the technology company Sea, the parent company of the e-commerce platform Shopee, Minister of Human Resources Josephine Teo said that the nature of the ICT sector requires employees to undergo “intensive training”, which is why many of placements are in attachments and tutorials.
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Commerce and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, who was with Ms Teo during the visit, said Singapore had “a historic opportunity now to develop a new generation of companies”.
While Singapore will have to take advantage of its “conventional competitive advantages”, such as its political stability and skilled workforce, Mr Chan said the country could rely on its unique position in three areas.
These are: the Singapore brand as consumers look for reliable products and services in healthcare, technology and finance. a place that goes beyond geopolitics and allows companies to serve international markets; and the lack of a large domestic market from Singapore, which companies have “turned into a force.”
By choosing to do business in the region from the beginning, these companies have created “real, sustainable opportunities” to work globally, Chan said.
Asked about domestic companies that have established their headquarters abroad and are listed on a foreign stock exchange, Mr Chan said it was expected that companies with global operations would “distribute their footprint” worldwide.
However, he acknowledged that there were challenges in forcing companies to enter locally, and said authorities were working with Singapore Exchange and other financial institutions on how to improve this.
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There are still about 12,000 jobs in the sector, the MOM said, adding that about 95% of them are PMET roles, such as software developers and network engineers.
However, only about 30 percent of the 12,000 jobs are tech-lite roles – jobs that do not require technological background or experience. These are roles such as digital marketing experts and pre-sales consultants, which the MOM said may “attract more” career-seeking middle-aged people.
The remaining positions would require a deeper level of technological skills, the ministry said.
Asked about the high barrier to entry for the ICT industry, given that 95 percent of the available jobs are PMET, Ms Teo said this is exactly what makes the sector attractive and “feeds the ambitions of the locals”. ».
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The salary for the jobs ranges from S $ 3,750 and S $ 6,000 for the computer technicians, from S $ 5,250 and S $ 7,500 for the management and business consultants.
To expand the industry workforce, MOM said the government would develop at least 5,500 more job opportunities over the next three years.
It also encourages people to embrace hiring and internships in technology, noting that there are still around 4,900 vacancies in areas such as cyber security and UI / UX development.
In the education sector, admission to technology courses at Higher Education Institutions has increased by 17% in the last three years, with recruitment of approximately 7,600 for the 2020 academic year.
This will help Singapore “maintain a steadily growing pipeline of quality talent in our workforce,” the MOM said.
Over the next three years, there will be an additional 750 positions under Professional Conversion Programs (PCPs) to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) redefine existing employees and address their workforce needs as part of their digitization. their business activities.
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