Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower reported that more than 12,000 information and communications technology (ICT) jobs are available under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package to help boost a growing digital economy. Between April and early November this year, more than 7,000 job seekers were put into jobs, traineeships, attachments, and training programmes – making the ICT industry the sector with the highest placements under the SGUnited initiative so far.

“While COVID-19 has disrupted the economy and labour market, it has also accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, leading to creation of new job roles and increase in manpower demand in ICT,” said MOM. A total of 2,160 people secured jobs, of which 1,830 were professional, manager, executive and technician (PMET) roles, while 1,970 people were put into traineeships and attachments, and 3,060 people placed in training programmes.

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said the nature of the ICT sector requires workers to undergo “intense training”, which is why many of the placements are in attachments and training programmes.

There are still about 12,000 jobs in the sector available, MOM said, adding that about 95 per cent of them are PMET roles, such as software developers and network engineers. However, only about 30 per cent of the 12,000 positions are “tech-lite” roles – jobs that do not require a tech background or experience. These are roles such as digital marketing specialists and pre-sales consultants, which MOM said may “appeal more” to mid-career job-seekers. The remaining positions would require a deeper level of technology skills, the ministry said.

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