3 November 2015

Positive outlook for Singapore jobs in 2016

2016 is expected to be a year of stability and steady growth for Singapore with recruitment activity broadly positive, reports Michael Page’s 2016 South East Asia Salary & Employment Outlook.

Financial companies continue to attract talent particularly for private banking, risk audit and compliance, while the technology, healthcare & life sciences sectors continue to remain competitive, the company predicted.

At one end of the spectrum is the region’s most developed economy, Singapore, where growth is modest, albeit steady, and salary inflation and staff turnover are relatively low compared to other ASEAN countries. At the other end are markets like Indonesia, where a young population and a burgeoning middle class mean that some industries are growing at breakneck pace. That brings with it sometimes large increases in salary and high turnover of staff as companies compete for talent.

Anthony Thompson, Regional Managing Director, Greater China & South East Asia, PageGroup, said, “Despite pressures such as political uncertainty and the persistent low oil prices, Southeast Asia as a region continues on its path of strong growth, with recruitment ongoing across almost all sectors. Professional services such as human resources are increasingly being seen as a critical part of the business to deal with high staff turnover. The current market demands candidates with digital skills and regional experiences as an increasing number of businesses expand across borders.”

Growth for Singapore will be modest compared with Malaysia and Indonesia as low-skilled jobs such as bulk manufacturing and logistics move to other ASEAN countries. While pockets of skill gaps exist in the engineering and healthcare space, most sectors in Singapore are well established as the desired talent is already present in the market.

Sebastian Hampartzoumian, Senior Managing Director, Singapore & India, PageGroup, said, “Singapore is a relatively stable employment market where employees are more focused on their careers, looking to gain experience when changing jobs and not just for a raise in salary. Employers are also more cautious in their hiring approach, selecting candidates that are close to a perfect fit.”

2015 is the year where the region’s economies are due to be integrated into the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), encouraging free flow of trade, investment and people among the 10 member states. With this comes access to a wider pool of talent, but response thus far has been lukewarm, with approximately a third (36%) of the respondents saying they have yet to decide or were not interested in hiring from other countries.

The Michael Page South East Asia 2016 Salary & Employment Outlook is a report based on survey findings of more than 850 employers across a range of industry sectors in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Insights drawn from a series of roundtable discussions with employers further enriched the report. The report aims to provide an overview on market and employment conditions, wages, and an outlook across the different sectors.


View the report
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