Despite the high percentage of respondents who hoped to enrich their career through learning and development, only 1 in 4 had received training and upskilling opportunities from their employers in the past 12 months. This reveals a wide gap between talent expectations on upskilling and what employers are able to offer.

Randstad released the results of their latest 2022 Workmonitor survey in Singapore. The bi-annual survey highlights the workforce’s latest sentiments and perceptions of the local job market.

73% of respondents agreed that career learning and development is important, particularly for those who are focused on career advancement, and they have identified the top 3 areas for which they want to be trained on.

top 3 training programmes singaporeans want

soft skills 56%
technical skills 47%
career development 49%

Singaporeans are keen to develop their soft and technical skills in order to be more productive at work and have more career options, especially in growth sectors like technology, e-commerce and digital banking.

Companies that provide training opportunities and invest in upskilling their workforce will have a more productive and skilled workforce that drives better business performance. Business organisations will also be more capable of attracting and retaining talent in today's candidate-short climate, as nowadays talent seek development opportunities to grow into value-add and meaningful jobs.

ways to bridge the skills gap
ways to bridge the skills gap

The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted Singaporeans’ priorities such as having more clarity on their contributions at work, as well as career purpose, especially since they are motivated to take advantage of the new job opportunities in the market.

When asked how likely they are to stay with their current employer, only 43% of respondents said that they are committed to do so. This is 17% lower than the global average.

The mismatch between Singaporeans’ desires to progress in their careers and the sense of empowerment that they have in their current jobs, presents employers an enormous opportunity to enhance employee satisfaction and engagement to their jobs and the organisation.

87% of Singaporeans want to speak to a career coach and understand their future job prospects

Respondents expressed wanting to speak to a career coach about the following goals:

career coaching programmes singaporeans want to attend

earn a higher income 60%
have better work-life balance 49%
career advancement 40%

The Singapore workforce are cognizant of how a changing business landscape would impact their career outlooks. Local employees are actively looking to roadmap their future career progression, as well as navigate priorities in both their work and personal life.

Career coaching programmes, like those offered by Randstad Risesmart, help companies create a more engaged workforce as employees can find ways to improve work-life balance as well as to reach a sustainable development through change.

singaporeans hope to receive career coaching
singaporeans hope to receive career coaching

These consulting services equip individuals with the practical drive to build essential connections and fine-tune their current skills set so that they can create more meaningful career growth opportunities for themselves. Career consultants and coaches can help employees get to the next level in their careers or improve their work-life balance.

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The local workforce is constantly in need of development. As business leaders, the responsibility to carry out career learning and development initiatives is yours as you’ll also get to benefit from a highly-skilled and collaborative workforce. You’ll also attract driven talent who are looking for opportunities to deepen their capabilities and skills so that they can work on bigger and more complex projects to drive your business forward.

The latest 2022 Randstad Workmonitor study was conducted between 21 February 2022 and 13 March 2022 with 1,000 locally-based respondents who are employed and aged between 18 and 67 years old in Singapore.

An organisation’s ability to attract and retain highly-skilled talent depends on their agility to meet changing talent expectations. Randstad conducts workforce research regularly to keep pace with the changes, complemented by the in-depth insights from our local recruitment specialists across key industry functions in Singapore like banking and financial services, accounting and finance, life sciences, property development, manufacturing and supply chain, technology and more.

Get in touch with us and we’ll connect you with a specialist for the latest unique market insights or to take a brief for your hiring needs. Alternatively, if you aspire for a rewarding career, reach out to our recruitment consultant, apply for a job and build your career path with us.

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