10 Jobs In Singapore With High Demand For Candidates, And Not Enough Supply

ManpowerGroup recently surveyed over 38,000 employers across 42 countries and territories for their annual Talent Shortage Survey.

Worldwide, 35% of people surveyed report they are experiencing difficulty filling jobs due to lack of available talent. This represents a slight rise in comparison to the 2012 survey and is the highest proportion of employers expressing concern about talent shortages since 2007.

These are top 10 jobs in Singapore for which employers cannot find suitable candidates:

  1. Secretaries, PAs, Administrative Assistants & Office Support
  2. Supervisors
  3. Labourers
  4. Drivers
  5. Sales Representatives
  6. Engineers
  7. IT Staff
  8. Skilled Trades
  9. Accounting & Finance
  10. Teachers

As for the reasons behind the difficulty in filling these jobs in Singapore/Asia,  the most commons ones are lack of technical skills, dearth of job applicants and lack of relevant experience.

jobs in demand in singapore 2013

Keeping this in mind, here are some quick tips for people targeting these jobs in Singapore:

  1. Upgrade your technical and soft skills. Do enough research to know which skills employers want and which method/courses they value for acquiring such skills.
  2. Make enough of an effort to seek out potential employers/jobs using job sites, physical networking and online networking.
  3. Be aware of salary negotiation best practices during your job search.

47 Replies to “10 Jobs In Singapore With High Demand For Candidates, And Not Enough Supply”

  1. Hi Amit

    I have 3 years of experience as an Assistant Logistics and Export Manager, Currently residing in Delhi.

    I am planning to pursue Msc in Supply Chain Management from Singapore Institute of Management, I will be getting a degree from University of Warwick.

    I will be looking for a procurement job in Singapore after completion of my course.

    Is it a good decision to get the degree from SIM?

    Are there opportunities in procurement roles in Singapore?

  2. Hi Amit,

    This is Hiten Galaiya…I have overall 5 years experience in Finance and Accounts.. I am bcom
    Graduate..Currently doing my MBA in operation.. planning to do Six Sigma green belt and project management …I have experience in Sap as a end user in Finance and accounts…

    Pls guide me the career path ahead as in finance and accounts field… CA are preferred at mid and top level..


  3. Hi amit,
    Ihave 14 yrs experience in electrical erection, testing and commissioning. Also in high rise building’s. Can please advise and find job in any field as mentioned above.

    1. Hi Nataraj,
      You’ll only know once you start an active job search and get feedback from the market on how relevant your profile is

  4. Hi Amit,

    I have an approximately 7 years of experience in mainframe in banking cards. I pursed BCA and MCA in India.
    I have a linked in profile too and looking for a job in Singapore.
    Could you please guide me.

    Thank you

    Best Regards,

  5. Hi Amit

    I am currently pursuing CA from in India and have completed B.Com (H) from Delhi University.

    I have more than 2 years of work experience (Excluding 3.5 Years of internship required for CA) working with various CA firms and have done quite a lot of work.

    However, there is a problem which I can foresee. Everything I have worked on is based on Indian Laws and regulations.

    How would you suggest I proceed with getting myself a good job in Singapore. (I’ve got some relatives there who can help out with stuff in the beginning)

    Thanks and Regards
    Malkiat Bindra

  6. Hi Amit,

    I am working as a Technical Lead in an IT company in Noida and have almost 8 years of experience in the in the IT sector (banking and energy domains). I wish to relocate to Singapore and find a well paid suitable job there while staying back in India. Please suggest me as to what steps I should take and let me know of suitable opportunities out there.

    Thanks and Regards

    Rahul Sabharwal


  7. Hi Amit,

    I have done Engineering wih IT as majors and worked in Salesforce.com projects for around 2.5 years and gained two certifictaions. It will be helpful if you can share few tips to get a well paid job in singapore and also brief of visa process as I am currently based in India.

    Bhisham Bajaj

    1. Hi Bhisham,

      Have a look at the resources I suggested to Rahul (in the comment above), for getting jobs in Singapore

    1. Hi Vipul,

      In this survey, ‘skilled trades’ refers to a broad range of job titles that require workers to possess specialised skills, traditionally learned over a period of time as an apprentice. Examples of ‘skilled trades’ jobs include: electricians, carpenters, cabinet makers, masons/bricklayers, plumbers and welders.

  8. Hi Amit,
    I am currently working as a Project Manager in the field of Middleware Architecture like Weblogic, web servers (Apache, iPlanet, Oracle HTTP Server) in Atlanta, USA. I have more than 12 years of experience in IT field with more than 9 years of experience in Middleware Architecture. I am thinking of moving to a Singapore and want to explore Job opportunities there. Can you please guide me on how should I go ahead with this.

    Abhishek Verma

  9. Hi Amit ,

    I have done Bachelors in Dental Surgery and Post Graduation in Hospital Management. I have 2 years of work experience as a manager, in hospitals, in India. Currently I am living in Singapore and seeking a role here in some hospitals. My husband has been living in Singapore for past 4 years on PEP pass and we soon shall apply for PR here

  10. Hello Amit

    I have almost 10 years of experience in sales , customer service , handling clients ,business development . I did my masters in International human resource management from UK. I am finding it hard to join HR world , some says nil experience some are we can offer sales profile.

    I am hoping if you have any advice for me as to how do I start in HR . Below is my linked in profile for more information.



      1. Currently doing my last bach semester- financial management (marketing). Was wondering where/how to work in singapore. Spent my highschool year in australia and i transferred to singapore for my studies. Could anyone recommend?

  11. Hi Amit,

    I don’t know what I am doing wrong but actually I am looking for overseas job more than a year. I have been applying through many job portals, but I hardly get the courtesy call from recruiter. And the few feedback I get from them is that it is not an international job. Could you guide me with what am I actually doing wrong?

    I will be happy to share more information through email or skype.

    My email ID is darpan4@aim.com

    1. Hi Darpan,

      Using social media and other methods of networking would be useful. This helps you bypass recruiters and contact hiring managers in companies of interest directly.

  12. Dear Amit,i am a Sales Professional with 13 years of Experience.Currently i am working in Redington India ltd handling Blackberry phones for ROTN as a SALES Manager.I would like to know about the openings in singapore for sales professionals.My mail id:trustkumar@gmail.com

  13. Hi Amit,

    I work as Senior Sofware Engineer in an MNC, Bangalore.

    I am good in Electronics board design, Firmware solutions and Liunux device development.

    Kindly let me know my opportunities.



  14. Dear Amit,
    I am looking for a Job in IT Department for my son, he is at present working in Maldives, if you can give me more details about his opportunity, i can send his resume to you.
    Expecting a positive response from you.


  15. Dear Amit,

    I have close to 13 years of experience in strategy building, account management and front line sales.

    I have worked on managing large bancassurance relationship when in HDFC Life and currently I am with SUD Life looking after Group Business – Mumbai

    I am looking for an opportunity, please let me know if there are any suitable opening.


    Rishi Khanna
    +91 9820124340

  16. Hi,

    I have 18 years of experience in General Administration /EHS Operations, Facility & Team Management, Coordination, Training & Development /Audit & Inspection, Administration/ Security Management, Housekeeping, etc.

    I am now looking to take up roles in General Administration, EHS Operations and Facility Management in companies across the EPC, IT and ITES Industry. Of particular interest to me would be positions in General Administration /EHS Operations, Facility & Team Management &Training & Development /Audit & Inspection.

    Please email to abalajius@yahoo.com

  17. Hi,

    I have 3.6+ years of experience in ASIC/SoC Design Verification.I am also looking for job inn Singapore.If there is any job in semiconductor,then please mail me the details on mail.chandanraj@gmail.com.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Chandan Raj.

  18. Hi

    I am holding overall 11.2 years of experience in which 6.5 years into ERP as Business Analyst HR/ Business Consultant Oracle HRMS Functional.

    Truly seeking for an opportunity in Singapore, ready to relocate if given an opportunity. Please do assist me fetching a good break through.

    Please reach me at shaninbox.rao0@gmail.com or else +91 9701702445.


  19. Request to please contact me

    I have total work experience 7.5 Year Admin & procurement

    Worked in the Profile of Admin & procurement for
    the Organization of repute PNB Housing Finance (subsidiary of Punjab national
    Bank for 6.3 year)

    I also worked With Jones Lang LaSalle in the field of
    procurement for their clients like IBM, Future Group, Reliance India.

    Worked with Software ONE in IT software procurement

    Thanking you & looking forward to hear from you.
    Akshay Sahni

  20. Whenever I want to apply for a position in IT in Singapore, it hinders me when only Singaporean and PR are needed to apply is indicated. I hope Singapore will open again its door to foreign talents to fill that gap. They are many who wants to be employed there, even some are overqualified to the extent.

    1. Hi Cince,

      There are many jobs for which foreigners are eligible as well. What you can do is to use advanced search parameters on the job sites, to exclude the words PR/Citizen. That way you won’t waste time going through irrelevant roles. Also if a job which asks for only OR/Citizens is advertised for a while, then it can be OK to apply as well, since it might mean that the company cannot find suitable candidates.

      1. Hello Amit Puri,
        I m Interested to work in singapore.
        I have Middle East 7 years of work exp from Dubai,U.A.E 3 years & 3 years Jeddah KSA.

        I have work exp in & will like to work also in Administration dept / Document Controlelr / Secretary / HR assitant/ Call center / Customer service.

        I m planning to go on VISIT VISA TO singapore and HUNT job is the a good move? will i get benefited ?

        Please ,advise.
        kindly,reach me on shuja10@europe.com

        Meer Shuja Ali.

      2. Hello Meer Shuja Alim

        It is useful to be on the ground here during your search for jobs in Singapore. Makes it easier to meet relevant people and interview for jobs.

      3. Hello Amit,
        I am highly interestdto work in Singapore
        I have IT experience close to 20 years in IT Infrastructure / Service Delivery / Project Management. Currently in Bangalore and ready to relocate.
        Please advise.
        Thanks & regards.
        Sanjib Roy

      4. HI Amit,

        I came across the below information through linkedin.

        I am certified Oracle BPM 11g and Oracle SOA 11g consultant with 7+ years experience and good Knowledge on OSB 11g , Integration with SOA and BPM and ADF using Java API

        Good design and implementation experience Strong with different XML technologies such as XSD, XSLT.

        Strong understanding on Web-logic Application server 11g like Administration , Data source Configuration, JTA Configuration and Performance tuning.

        Please let me know where can i appy and how the market for the same

        Looking forward for positive response.

        Thanks & Regards ,
        A.Pavan Kumar
        +91 7507480909


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