Majority Employees Want Employers to Invest More in Developing Digital Capabilities

August 13, 201910:10 am1116 views

In a world of work that is radically transformed by digitalisation, employers are finding it difficult to find talent with the right skills. 83 percent of respondents expect their employers to invest more in developing their digital capabilities to help them stay employable.

Preparing the workforce for the future

According to the latest Q2 2019 Randstad Workmonitor study, 79 percent of respondents feel equipped to deal with digitalisation in their jobs. Despite being prepared for the future of work, 51 percent of respondents expect their jobs to be automated in the next five to 10 years. This is 17 points higher than the global average (34 percent).

Jaya Dass, Managing Director at Randstad Singapore and Malaysia said, “Many companies in Singapore are already on a digital transformation journey. Not only are firms investing in new technology, they are also hiring professionals to develop and market innovative products and solutions to stay competitive. As a result, employees expect their employers to invest in their professional development and equip them with the skills required for the future of work. This means not just attending training courses, but also having honest discussions on how skills requirements and job scopes will change in the future, and the actionable steps companies expect their employees to take to remain employable.”

Science, technology, engineering, mathematics

When it comes to sourcing talent, 67 percent said that their employers are having trouble finding people with the right skills today. Close to seven in 10 (68 percent) said that it will be more difficult for their employers to find the right talent in the future.

In addition, 55 percent said that their employers have a need for workers with STEM profiles. The difficulty in filling STEM job vacancies is addressed in the Randstad’s flexibility@work 2019 report. Similarly, analysis of vacancy data shows that the median advertising duration for a STEM vacancy is more than twice as long as compared to a non-STEM vacancy.

“In a candidate-short and mature market like Singapore where the unemployment rate remains below five per cent, it can be very challenging for employers to identify and secure highly-skilled candidates. Even with a slowing economy, we still see active demand for candidates who are equipped with the right skills. Therefore, it is critical for job seekers to know which skills they would need to acquire to stay relevant, and upskill themselves through either subsidised courses or internal training programmes to remain attractive to hiring employers,” Dass concludes.

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