In response to a question by MP Patrick Tay, Minister Tan See Leng revealed additional insights on the HR demographic in the nation.
On Wednesday (28 July 2021), Singapore Member of Parliament (MP) and Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), Patrick Tay, shared that the number of HR practitioners in Singapore has grown from about 23,000 in 2010 to over 40,000 in 2020, an increase of 73% in the past decade.
These, and more, statistics on the HR profession in Singapore were provided in response to a Parliamentary question (PQ) filed on Monday (26 July 2021).
For instance, it was shared that approximately nine in 10 (90%) HR practitioners are in professional, managerial, executive or technicians (PMET) roles that include learning and development manager, performance and rewards manager, and HR operations executive.
“Locals have consistently filled close to nine in 10 of HR PMET positions,” the response cited.
Encouragingly, women comprise approximately seven in 10 (70%) HR practitioners in Singapore.
With regard to HR practitioners’ qualifications, it was shared that more than eight in ten (80%) local HR practitioners have diploma or degree qualifications.
Minister Tan added: “HR practitioners are found across the economy as HR plays a vital role in supporting businesses.
“This is why the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) partnered NTUC and SNEF to set up the Institute for HR Professionals in 2017, to professionalise and upskill HR professionals through certification and training.
“We will continue to work with our partners and the industry to ensure that the HR sector continues to provide good jobs for locals.”