View from the Ground
The last few years has seen Singapore’s economic growth slow, as the nation felt the effects of its susceptibility to global trade movements. However, the recent uplift in hiring will continue to increase throughout 2018 and beyond. The Government’s continued drive towards ensuring Singapore’s transformation into a leading digital innovative economy means that demand, and therefore wages in highly-skilled occupations that support this initiative, continue to rise. The available talent pool for Singapore employers to tap into remains a key concern across a wide range of industries and occupations. A shrinking workforce as a result of an ageing population, coupled with a tighter immigration policy, continues to put pressure on firms seeking to recruit.
Grant Torrens, Business Director, Hays Singapore
In 2017, the numbers employed fell by 0.2%. The first year in which it had fallen since 2003. This reflected the contraction in construction and manufacturing employment, which more than offset the growth in jobs in services. The size of the labour force contracted less rapidly, causing a slight increase in the unemployment rate.
GDP growth is forecast to slow from the 3.6% in 2017. This reflects weaker export growth as Chinese import demand cools and global electronics demand slows.
Longer term, a report from the Committee on the Future Economy released in 2017 laid out technology-driven plans to maintain growth momentum as the population rapidly ages: the number of those aged 64+ was equivalent to 17% of the working age population in 2016, up from 12% at the start of the decade.
Key skills in demand
- Data Analytics
- Development (Emerging technologies)
- Internal Audit & Controls
- Digital Content Specialists
- Finance Business Partners