Talent Spot | Singapore’s Top 10 Talent Trends for 2018

With Singapore’s economy is now on the uptick, the top 10 talent trends for 2018 is now revealed by recruitment firms in Singapore. Technology and artificial intelligence are shaping the recruitment games, and Singapore companies are expecting to take greater value from people and technology. While companies focus on investing more in technology, they also pay close attention to the cost. 

A powerful example is the increasing use of contractors and temporary staffing in Singapore. More and more organizations are starting to recognize hiring contractors or temporary staffs can bring in top talent for projects via contracting and are accordingly offering more attractive benefits to secure the best people for these roles.

Technology is also playing a big role in hiring. Artificial intelligence (AI) with the ability to scan CVs and manage candidate communication is one example of such innovation. AI will also be used to mine data to help companies find the right candidates to approach. This will then leave recruitment experts with more time to focus on other objectives, such as building relationships with talent. Not surprisingly, candidates with experience in AI will be hot property in 2018 for these roles but also others across many sectors

Here are top 10 talent trends for 2018 in Singapore: 

1. Flexible workforce
Contracting continues to become a very attractive option for employers – particularly those within industries where cost pressures are high, such as banking, life sciences, and manufacturing. Hays predicts that more employers will be looking to make use of contingent workers in 2018 across a greater range of functions.

2. Soft skills 
Employers will probe even deeper in 2018 to uncover the interpersonal and soft skills of interviewees. As automation and AI are transforming work processes, candidates with strong soft skills who are able to communicate changes and work with technology will be highly prized.

3. Diversity 
Diversity remains a hot topic in Singapore as organizations look to address their gender balance in particular. Companies will be looking to implement strategies to ensure job advertisements and hiring processes are gender neutral and attract people based on skills rather than gender. Also, shared parental policies will be increasingly implemented to encourage a gender-balanced workforce.

4. Regional hubs drew to Singapore
As one of the best cities to do business in Asia, more MNCs are establishing or moving regional hubs to Singapore to access quality leadership talent and take advantage of business-friendly policies, especially in the Life Sciences and Technology sectors. Employers in these sectors want to utilize regional teams in order to maximize their headcount capacity and leverage the full value of teams across the region.

5. Talent Management on the rise
Hays foresees talent management professionals taking over traditional learning and development roles in a number of MNCs as they expand their remit throughout 2018. This trend is extending to talent acquisition and we are seeing more employers looking for candidates with broader experience.

6. Regulatory change candidates
Hiring regulatory change professionals remains high on the agenda of many employers in Singapore, but also across the Asia-Pacific region as banks look to ensure compliance with new local and global regulations, such as International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 9.

7. Finance becomes a business partner service 
More sophisticated finance candidates will need to act as business partners to their organizations in 2018 that will in many cases, reduce demand for lower skilled, transactional roles. The prevailing trend is for the responsibilities of the finance function including accountancy to evolve into a business partnering service.

8. Process improvement
As firms in Singapore look to gain a competitive edge against their rivals, it will become a bigger part of an employee’s responsibility to improve processes and gain efficiencies. More and more candidates will be asked at interviews throughout 2018 to discuss their achievements in this area.

9. AI candidate screening
Automated and machine-learning algorithms will be used to screen CVs and communicate with candidates. While this is a complex AI challenge, in 2018 organizations will work on ‘training’ ontology to convert the semi-structured data of CVs and job descriptions into a consistent format for processing which, once implemented, will significantly accelerate the shortlisting process.

10. Recruitment remodeled to "Find & Engage"
In 2018, a new model of recruitment will emerge, fueled by technology, the dynamics of the digital world, data science and artificial intelligence. The historic and conventional "Advertise & Apply" model (where active jobseekers at that point in time apply to advertised vacancies) will be superseded by a "Find & Engage" approach. The ‘Find’ element of the equation involves using digital technology and data science analytics to reach deep into candidate pools and examine large amounts of data to prepare shortlists of the most suitable people (which span far wider than the community of active job seekers), extrapolate meaningful patterns and gauge how open to new job opportunities a potential candidate is. The ‘Engage’ element puts the relationship back at the heart of recruitment to understand a candidate’s personal priorities and aspirations for a successful outcome. It’s a game-changing transformation for employers and external agencies alike.

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