MOM: Job vacancies up in 2012

MOM: Job vacancies up in 2012

SINGAPORE - Job vacancies reached a high of 56,400 last September, according to a report released on Monday by the Manpower Ministry.

Highlights from MOM's Job Vacancies, 2012 report are as follows:

Amid the tight labour market, job vacancies rose by 4.4 per cent over the year to 56,400 in September 2012.

Service & sales workers (12,430 or 24 per cent of total vacancies) were the most sought after, reflecting strong demand for shop sales assistants, waiters, security guards, food service counter attendants and cashiers & ticket clerks. This was followed by associate professionals & technicians (8,960 or 17 per cent) and professionals (8,040 or 15 per cent).

There were vacancies available for all educational levels. One in four vacancies in 2012 needed basic educational qualifications of up to primary level (12,880 or 25 per cent). There were also many openings requiring university degree (10,140 or 19 per cent), diploma & professional qualifications (9,980 or 19 per cent) and secondary (9,990 or 19 per cent) qualifications.

Services continued to account for the majority (78 per cent or 41,110) of job openings in 2012, mainly in community, social & personal services (12,210 or 23 per cent).

There were also many vacancies in accommodation & food services (6,490 or 12 per cent), wholesale & retail trade (6,160 or 12 per cent) and administrative & support services (4,420 or 8.4 per cent). Manufacturing and construction contributed another 6,350 (or 12 per cent) and 3,940 (or 7.5 per cent) of openings in 2012.

Almost two in three vacancies (64 per cent) in 2012 required some form of work experience. Job-specific (24 per cent) and general (22 per cent) experience were more common than industry-specific (18 per cent) experience.

Positions for managers & administrators, professionals, associate professionals & technicians and craftsmen & related trades workers commonly required job- or industry-specific working experience. In contrast, openings for cleaners, labourers & related workers and, to a lesser extent, service & sales workers typically do not require any working experience

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