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Singapore – 2012 Job Vacancies Rise +4.4% amid Tight Labour Market

29 January 2013

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower released the latest statistics on the country’s job market this week, which found that job vacancies rose by +4.4% over the year to 56,400 in September 2012 “amid a tight labour market.”

Service & sales workers were the most sought after and made up 24% of total vacancies. During the year, there was strong demand for shop sales assistants, waiters, security guards, food service counter attendants and cashiers & ticket clerks. This was followed by associate professionals & technicians, and professionals.

One in four vacancies in 2012 required basic educational qualifications of up to primary level. Around a fifth of jobs asked for a university degree and 19% demanded diploma & professional qualifications.

Services accounted for the majority (78%) of job openings in 2012, mainly in community, social & personal services industries (23%). This was followed by accommodation & food services, as well as wholesale & retail trade.

But employers reported difficulties in hiring local workers for two in three (66%) of the vacancies in 2012. “Reflecting the predominance of lower-end occupations among the hard-to-fill vacancies, unattractive pay, physically strenuous jobs, non-conducive working environment and shift work were the common reasons employers cited for their difficulty in recruiting locals,” the ministry said. 


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