More tech professionals needed in Singapore: IDA

December 31, 201510:22 am1211 views
More tech professionals needed in Singapore: IDA
More tech professionals needed in Singapore: IDA

With advancements in technology, there has been growing demand for talent in the tech and IT space. According to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), there are almost 15,000 vacancies waiting to be filled, and this is expected to double by 2017.

These IT jobs are also attracting mid-career professionals to make a switch. One of them is Dr Tan Yung Ming, a physician at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

His role has expanded, given his post-graduate qualifications in IT. Dr Tan is heading the medical informatics team at the hospital, where he looks at how IT can help improve its day-to-day operations.

Having an interest in IT since a young age, Dr Tan said it was not difficult for him to pick it up later in his professional career.

Said Dr Tan: “It was quite natural because I had that interest from young. And because I had that interest, it wasn’t difficult for me to pick up books about programming, or ask people for help.

“It also wasn’t difficult to make a lot of trial and error, to learn how to get a system up. It’s that passion that drives me to be perseverant, to continue despite failing. When you created something finally, you get the satisfaction that you have created something from scratch, and it works and it helps people.”

IDA said there were about 150,000 tech professionals working in Singapore in 2014, with about 15,000 vacancies that were yet to be filled.

It expects job growth in this sector to continue, with demand for tech specialists projected to double by 2017, in areas such as data analytics, cyber security, and network and infrastructure.


IDA also said it is not just fresh graduates that they are looking out for. There will also be a place for mid-career professionals.

Mr William Chan, who was formerly an auditor, is now providing consultancy services in data analytics. The partner at GroupM Data and Analytics Services said those coming into data analytics increasingly have diverse backgrounds and are not necessarily IT-trained.

Said Mr Chan: “We do see huge demand in terms of the data analytics positions and roles coming from experienced hires and also fresh graduates.

“Currently, there are people who talk about data analytics and how they want to move from their current role to this new data analytics role to increase their employability. They also want to increase their knowledge and experience in this space.”

To attract more people to the tech industry, IDA has rolled out several programmes to prepare Singaporeans for a career in IT. For instance, boot-camp style programmes were launched in November, targeting even those without any formal training in technology.

IDA added that it works closely with institutes of higher learning to launch relevant IT programmes to address industry’s needs. For example, in anticipation of the demand for more data analytics professionals, several full-time diploma and degree programmes in Business Analytics were launched in recent years.

Singaporeans above the age of 25 may also use their SkillsFuture credits from Jan 1 next year to participate in other training programmes launched by IDA.


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