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:
- Secretaries, PAs, Administrative Assistants & Office Support
- Sales Representatives
- IT Staff
- Skilled Trades
- Accounting & Finance
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.
Keeping this in mind, here are some quick tips for people targeting these jobs in Singapore:
- 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.
- Make enough of an effort to seek out potential employers/jobs using job sites, physical networking and online networking.
- Be aware of salary negotiation best practices during your job search.