In a 2017 jobs report, 49% of non PMET (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) jobs were left vacant for at least half a year, slightly better than the 52% rate a year earlier on.
This represents that employers have been much quicker in hiring. But the service and sales sector remains the worst-hit as not many Singaporeans love to enter that industry.
What are the main reasons for this sticky situation? Low salary, rotating shift and difficulty in getting blue collar workers.
But the first half of 2017 reflects that only 33% of jobs were left vacant, a marked improvement from the previous year’s of 36%. As of September 2016, the labour market still needs 53,100 people to fifll in jobs.
But PMET potential candidates are on the rise to take up these jobs, reflecting the country’s approach to create more specialized jobs. The report also indicated that the PMET vacant rate had a substantial increase from 39.2% in 2013 to 48.5% in 2016.
The statistics from the report came from a MOM survey, where 15,4000 companies and organisations were interviewed. In total, they employed a total of 2.1million workers.
The report reveals that non-PMET commands a low pay package, and would be required to work even on weekends, public holidays. Rotating shift patterns was another main dislike, which Singaporeans naturally distanced themselves away from.
The jobs disliked are security, service and retail, which accounted for job vacancies numbering 1400, 1260 and 1210.
President of Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) Mr Kurt Wee, in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao, said that employers have been increasing the salary package, make changes to the work flow and employ technology to try attract Singaporeans in taking up these jobs.
According to MOM regulations, employers in the service sector can only employ workers from Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, South Korea. Mr Wee acknowledged that loosening the regulations could be a big help to solve the manpower crunch.
“Some jobs there are basically what Singaporeans would shun, especially those associated with a blue collar stereotype,” said Mr Wee.
“We have to accept the truth at this point and consider whether to increase the pool of foreign workers.”
But what about PMET vacant rate? It stands at 16%, which means lots of vacancies were taken up, much faster than the 19% a year earlier. Still, there was a slight difficult in getting Singaporeans to work in software, webpage and multimedia, civil engineers and system analyst industries.
The reason why is that because potential candidates lack the required experience and skills to nail the job. Especially for civil engineers, who also think that the work environment and pay package is not to their expectations!
A human resource chief thinks that despite the economy is improving, companies will still be careful and choosy in employing these PMET, preferring to hire them on a contract basis.
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