Recruitment for HR roles continues to increase in Singapore

Author: PM editorial | Date: 25 Nov 2015

Employee engagement is high priority for organisations, reports Robert Walters survey

Vacancies for HR professionals in Singapore have grown five per cent compared with the third quarter of 2014, according to the Robert Walters Asia Job Index Q3 2015.
The overall number of job adverts in the region has increased by four per cent, which may partly explain the need for skilled HR professionals.
Employee engagement is also a top priority for Singapore employers, the survey suggests, as workforce expectations evolve beyond the traditional pay rise to include aims like a better work-life balance.
Bruno Marchand, HR and business support manager for Robert Walters Singapore, says: “Singapore remains a candidate-driven market for the foreseeable future. As competition for the best candidates between organisations intensifies, we expect this trend to continue into 2016.
“In order to secure the best professionals, companies will need to strengthen their talent attraction, engagement and retention strategies.”
HR was the third most in-demand sector in Sinagpore in Q3 2015; only IT (16 per cent) and medical services (19 per cent) enjoyed greater annual growth. Adverts for administrative and secretarial positions fell by 15 per cent, a shift Robert Walters attributes to automation of internal company processes.
Other notable shifts in the number of vacancies include:
  • China down seven per cent – the slowdown in economic growth has caused companies to hire fewer new staff

  • Hong Kong up four per cent – jobs in the legal and compliance sector are leading the way (up 23 per cent)

  • Japan up 11 per cent – but there is a shortage of bilingual specialists in the accounting, HR and legal sectors

  • Malaysia up three per cent – the strongest growth is in the digital and e-commerce sectors, with companies investing in their online infrastructure

  • Singapore up four per cent – employee engagement remains a high priority for business, while the number of HR roles has risen five per cent.