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Top 5 HR priorities in Singapore this year

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HR professionals in Singapore are focused on making the function more strategic and less administrative in nature this year.

That was among the key message highlighted in the HR Manpower Study, which was commissioned by The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower, International Enterprise Singapore and SPRING Singapore.

Polling a total of 831 companies and 8 countries, it stressed on the importance of “professionalising the HR industry and the need for more internship opportunities, so as to strengthen the capabilities and supply of HR talent in Singapore.”

Organisations in countries including Japan and Hong Kong indicated several HR responsibilities they are focused on in the study.

These included collaborations with senior management on people strategy, ensuring succession planning is in place for key positions, and managing employer relations and engagement.

Retaining crucial skills and experience within the business, and enabling the business to improve productivity were also on top of HR leaders’ agendas in the study.

“Human resource is paramount in developing the talent and skills strategy of organisations. HR professionals play a strategic role in building capabilities and talents with the relevant core skills, contributing to Singapore’s position as a leading human capital centre in Asia, and realising the SkillsFuture’s vision of becoming an advanced economy based on advanced skills,” WDA’s acting chief executive, Goh Eng Ghee, said.

The study also highlighted three key recommendations which could help in further developing the capabilities of the HR ecosystem.

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The first involved developing interventions to champion the interest of the HR profession in Singapore.

WDA also recommended strengthening the education and training infrastructure in order to build a sustainable skills pipeline throughout the life-cycle of the HR professional.

The last recommendation was to create and enhance shared industry infrastructure to facilitate access to HR services and expertise.

“The three key recommendations to strengthen the capabilities of HR practitioners are aligned to the SkillsFuture thrusts of promoting greater employer recognition for skills mastery and skills-based career development pathways,” a press release from WDA stated.

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