Singaporeans upbeat about job market

Singaporeans upbeat about job market

SINGAPOREANS are now more confident in the local job market than they were in the latter half of last year, says a global workforce survey by Singapore-based recruitment firm Berkley Group.

Of the 869 Singaporean professionals polled, 64 per cent said they believed there were enough or more than enough opportunities in the local job market.

Just over a third (36 per cent) felt that the job market here was still weak - down 14 per cent from the third quarter last year, when Berkley last did the survey.

The 36 per cent figure is lower than the global average of 41 per cent.

Berkley Singapore chief executive Steve Greenwood said the figures could be a reflection of "the inherent resilience of the Singaporean worker".

But while the respondents were upbeat about their individual prospects in the job market here, they were less so about their companies' prospects.

Some 27 per cent of them thought their companies were faring worse than a year ago, against a lower global average of 20 per cent.

A quarter of these local professionals said they thought their companies were doing better than a year ago, 10 per cent less than the global average. Berkley suggested that this could be a sign that confidence in corporate performances here is still lagging behind that in many other countries.

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