WANTED: People to fill jobs

WANTED: People to fill jobs

SINGAPORE - UP 4.4 per cent last year, with high demand for service and sales workers, associate professionals and technicians, professionals, as well as cleaners, labourers and related workers.

That was the big picture from the Job Vacancies 2012 report released by the Manpower Ministry yesterday.

Job vacancies

  • 2012: 56,400
  • 2011: 54,000

Highest demand

Service and sales workers (12,430 or 24 per cent of total vacancies) were the most sought after. This reflected a strong demand for shop sales assistants, waiters, security guards, food service counter attendants, cashiers and ticket clerks, said the report.


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

There were also many vacancies in accommodation and food services (6,490 or 12 per cent), wholesale and retail trade (6,160 or 12 per cent), and administrative and support services (4,420 or 8.4 per cent).

Across educational levels

Vacancies according to qualifications needed:

  • Up to primary level: 25 per cent
  • Lower secondary: 10.7 per cent
  • Secondary: 19 per cent
  • Post-Secondary (Non-Tertiary): 7.3 per cent
  • Diploma and professional qualifications: 19 per cent
  • University degrees: 19 per cent

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