Consumers are changing the way they purchase goods, be it electronics, clothing or even groceries. Organisations understand the need to adapt to this change and are committing resources to drive e-commerce strategies despite the slow global economy and lull in retail sales. The growth of e-commerce is not hearsay - a report by Temasek and Google stated that the e-commerce market in Singapore is expected to be worth S$7.46 billion by 2025.

As organisations dive into e-commerce, demand for tech talent has been rising to support this digital transformation. Here is a preview of some of the most sought-after commerce technology talent and their salary trends:

4 most in-demand commerce technology jobs for 2017:

1. DevOps

With the rise of Agile and startup practices entering the commercial space, DevOps are becoming more prevalent. We see developers or infrastructure engineers doubling up and learning this key skill set that is seen to be the glue to the development process. Professionals in DevOps are required to help bridge the communication, collaboration and integration activities between software developers and IT operations. They also play a key part in developing solutions to help the organisation produce software and IT services more rapidly, focusing on a continuous development cycle with frequent integrations and releases.

skills needed

  • Knowledge of application deployment and system administration
  • Willingness to be hands-on with technology across both sides
  • Flexibility and familiarity with Agile/Scrum

salary range

  • S$84,000 to S$144,000 per annum, excluding bonuses

2. application developers

Despite the economic downturn, Singapore remains an attractive hub for companies that are setting up centres-of-excellence. A number of major banks are retaining their development centres in Singapore to deliver solutions into the front, middle and back office. In particular within the financial market domains, developers are expected to have knowledge of front office, middle office, product control and various risk functions. These developers are typically working on multi-threaded and Agile development environments. However, there is a lack of experienced developers with demand exceeding supply in Singapore, particularly with the influx of dynamic startups that have entered the market with exciting product offerings.

skills needed

  • Strong knowledge of JAVA, Scala, C++, C#, Python and .Net
  • Full SDLC experience
  • Knowledge of Agile/Scrum methodologies
  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS and Javascript

salary range

  • S$72,000 to S$180,000 per annum, excluding bonuses

3. mobile developers

We live in a world where there are literally more phones than human beings, which obviously suggests your average professional likely owns at least two mobile devices. With mobile usage increasing at such a significant rate, it is no surprise that companies are actively seeking mobile developers to keep up with such a demanding and high-adoption market. Mobile developers are required to aid in digitally transposing the way organisations do business onto our handheld devices, with the objective to increase brand awareness, market share and profits.

skills needed

  • Detail-oriented problem solver with a passion for coding
  • Strong knowledge of Xcode, Objective-C, Android SDK and Java
  • BSc in Computer Science

salary range

  • S$75,000 to S$108,000 per annum, excluding bonuses

4. data scientists and analysts

Everybody wants to make sense of something or everything nowadays. As such we are starting to see a spike in demand for data scientists, data analysts as well as data engineers writing the tools used by the analysts and scientists to gather and analyse data. They are generally expected to have a strong foundation in computer science and applications, modeling, statistics, analytics and math. These individuals could be working on data for a variety of projects, from sales to product usage to supply chain, helping management to make data-driven decisions.

skills needed

  • Solid knowledge of R, MATLAB, Python/Perl scripting
  • Business domain knowledge and ability to decipher domain-specific data
  • Love for data and numbers
  • Familiarity with machine and deep learning

salary range

  • S$84,000 to S$180,000 per annum, excluding bonuses

to find out more about the most sought-after talent, salary trends and contract roles in IT, download our 10 most in-demand technology jobs report.

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