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The top 5 skills needed for Singapore’s most in-demand jobs



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Based on Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry’s review for 2018, as well as the Ministry of Manpower’s labour market report for the same year, JobTech has put together the most in-demand skills by top jobs in two sectors – manufacturing, and information and communications.

Most in-demand skills in the manufacturing sector

Machine-tool Setter-Operator

  • Skill: Maintenance management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 22%
  • Skill: Computer numerical control
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 11%
  • Skill: Work shifts/irregular hours
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 10%
  • Skill: Ability to work in a cleanroom environment
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 8%
  • Skill: Quality audit/management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 6%

Industrial and Production Engineer

  • Skill: Troubleshooting
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 24%
  • Skill: Maintenance management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 23%
  • Skill: Industrial engineering
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 21%
  • Skill: Lean six sigma
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 21%
  • Skill: Regulatory compliance
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 20%

Manufacturing Engineering Technician

  • Skill: Maintenance management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 66%
  • Skill: Troubleshooting
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 53%
  • Skill: Work shifts/irregular hours
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 28%
  • Skill: Preventive management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 26%
  • Skill: Regulatory compliance
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 16%

Most in-demand skills in the information & communications sector

Software, Web and Multimedia Developer

  • Skill: Java
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 37%
  • Skill: JavaScript
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 32%
  • Skill: HTML4/HTML5
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 28%
  • Skill: C++
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 28%
  • Skill: Web services
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 24%

Systems Analyst

  • Skill: Technical documentation
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 34%
  • Skill: Software development life cycle
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 34%
  • Skill: Microsoft SQL
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 30%
  • Skill: .NET
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 25%
  • Skill: Maintenance management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 25%

IT Project Manager

  • Skill: Project management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 100%
  • Skill: Budget management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 53%
  • Skill: Quality audit/management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 25%
  • Skill: Risk management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 22%
  • Skill: Vendor management
    • Percentage of jobs requiring this: 19%


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