Sales and operations are the hardest roles to fill in Singapore’s employee-driven market, with employers complaining of a lack of skilled talent.
Despite 93% of employers intending to hire right up till May 2016, the positive hiring outlook is impeded by a shortage of manpower, in CareerBuilder Singapore’s new survey of 157 Singapore hiring managers and HR professionals from both public and private sectors.
While 37% and 25% of organisations are looking to fill sales and operations roles respectively, another one in five are hiring to fill administration roles as well (21%).
Jessica Ang, marketing director at CareerBuilder Singapore, pointed out there could be a number of reasons behind this labour shortage – ranging from lack of employer branding, to recruiters using the wrong tools in attracting candidates.
However, employers are most keen to use higher starting salaries to attract new employees (32%), a phenomenon most prevalent in the services sector (35%), compared to non-service sector hiring (11%).
Overall, close to two in three employers (62%) stated they will offer starting salaries on par with market standards.
The generosity in pay extended to current employees as well, with over three in four employers (76%) intending to increase salaries.
This promise was highest in the services sector (77%) versus employers in non-services industries (65%).
In reaching out to new candidates to fill vacancies, online job boards are the most common tool of choice, listed as effective by more than two-third of employers (68%), an increase from the 53% in 2013.
Social media is also gaining popularity, with 25% of hirers turning to it for their talent search.
Apart from manually tapping recruitment platforms, Singapore recruiters were not very enthusiastic about cloud-based recruitment software or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technologies.
Of those surveyed, only 1% were using SaaS in their recruitment efforts, while more than half (51%) were actually unaware of SaaS recruitment solutions.