The talent-short market in Singapore is driving businesses to favour technical knowhow over emotional aptitude in candidates. This is one of the key findings in the Hays Asia Salary Guide 2019, a report that highlights salary and recruiting trends based on survey responses from Hays Asia operating markets Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Hays Asia asked respondents the skills most sought-after by their organisation. Overall, over three in five (65 percent) employers are more inclined to hire candidates with hard skills over soft skills, revealing that project management (voted by 56
By contrast, employers in Singapore are generally least interested in skills such web architecture and development framework (voted by nine per cent), UX or UI design (voted by nine per cent) and programming languages (voted by 11 per cent).
In terms of soft skills,
On the other hand, the psychological and emotional competencies that are at the bottom of employers’ priority lists were negotiation abilities (voted by 25 percent), time management (voted by 45 percent) and flexibility (voted by 47 per cent).
Compared to Asia
Across Asia, three in five (59
The hard skills favoured by employers Asia-wide are project management (voted by 55
When it comes to soft skills, employers in Asia deem
Commenting on the findings, Grant Torrens, Regional Director of Hays Singapore says: “As industries and roles evolve and expand, the skills in demand are ever-changing. Businesses in Singapore have been redefining the technical competencies required to grow and prosper.
With that in mind, candidates can benefit from staying abreast of industry developments and constantly upskill, or even reskill if needed, to maintain their competitiveness and therefore leverage in the employment market.
As for employers, soft skills should continue to be a relevant and important aspect when considering a new hire, as these skills are