Singapore and the Philippines continued to exhibit uninterrupted, double-digit demand for banking executives during the month of November, a feat previously achieved during both months of September and October.

This is according to data provided by the Monster Employment Index, released by today. The Monster Employment Index (MEI) is a monthly gauge of online hiring activity across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, tracked by It comprises data for overall hiring activity in each country, as well as specific data in the banking and finance sector.

In line with figures reported during past months, hiring of financial talent in Malaysia for the month of November continued to decline. The year-on-year dip reported during the month was 12%, while October saw Malaysia experience a 16% annual decline.

The Philippines, albeit 1% down from its annual demand of 26% in October, reported an impressive 25% year-on-year boost during November. Singapore gained 2% from its October figure of 14%, clocking 16% year-on-year growth for the month of November. Once again, the Philippines outperformed its Southeast Asian peers in terms of availability of banking and finance roles, reporting a gargantuan 38% year-on-year growth for the month of November. Despite displaying positive annual growth, Singapore only reported a 5% annual growth for the month. However, this is a 3% improvement from the 2% growth recorded by the republic in October. In line with the annual decline reported in October, Malaysia failed to make a mark with its abundance of banking and finance roles during November.

The fintech component of the finance industry has seen considerable growth and is poised to bring massive positive change to the lives of consumers. In Southeast Asia specifically, where the prominence of cash outweighs other payment methods, there is ample opportunity for digital banking to flourish. The existence of facilities such as contactless payment, robo-advisors and peer-to-peer money transfer services in Southeast Asian countries with more robust banking infrastructures is changing people’s lives for the better,” said Abhijeet Mukherjee, CEO of – APAC and Middle East. “Financial institutions are recognising the immense potential which is yet to be realised by the banking industry, and require sufficient manpower, preferably those with a working knowledge of the latest tech trends, to help scale innovations.”

About the Monster Employment Index
Launched in May 2014 with data collected since January 2011, the Monster Employment Index is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis of online job posting activity in Singapore conducted by Monster Singapore. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of online career outlets, including Monster Singapore, the Monster Employment Index presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide. Monster has taken due care in compiling and processing the data available from various sources for Monster Employment Index, but does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or action / decision taken or for the results obtained from the use of such information.