Singapore has turned into a hotbed for tech startups in the region, thanks to the ease of setting up a company, strong government support and access to investment capital. In 2015, startup funding hit US$1.16 billion in Singapore, a fivefold increase over the past few years
Startups from Europe and the U.S. are also heading to Singapore as a testing ground for expansion into Asian markets and to gain access to fundraising opportunities. Companies with zero prior presence in Singapore are looking to hire employee number one, often with a supporting team, who is required to have strong sales experience.
Startups are not the only sector looking at strong tech sales talent. Large MNCs from various industries are also searching for professionals who can take on digital-related sales roles.
Looking forward into 2017, we anticipate some of the most in-demand sales roles in the technology industry.
top 3 most in-demand sales jobs in the technology sector:
1. APAC sales directors/managers
Candidates armed with go-to-market strategies and strong Asia-Pacific connections are key in helping startups setting up shop in Singapore and get businesses moving quickly and efficiently. All-rounded candidates familiar with ERP HCM and prior startup experience will be highly sought-after by employers.
- Director - S$180,000 to S$240,000 per annum, excluding bonuses.
- Manager - S$120,000 to S$150,000 per annum, excluding bonuses.
2. IT solutions
More often required by larger multinational corporations, professionals with cloud-based solution sales experience are in strong demand. These candidates are needed to take on a client servicing role and work directly with clients to implement the systems.
- S$140,000 to S$160,000 per annum, excluding bonuses.
3. business development managers
New startups are in need of talent Business Development Managers to help them take their business to the next level. Candidates with unified communications background and who have handled a broad range of verticals are especially in demand.
- S$100,000 to S$120,000 per annum, excluding bonuses.