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Singapore’s IT hiring market to remain buoyant in 2013

Jack Loo | Dec. 17, 2012
Banking and financial services industry to lead demand for IT jobs.

The continued expansion of the financial sector is creating IT jobs, according to Steve McGowan, division director, Technology, Robert Half Singapore.

But besides the various well-sought after IT certificates, soft skills are important for a job hunter to have. Companies are increasingly looking for candidates with strong communication and management skills who can communicate effectively with business line managers, said McGowan. He also talks to Computerworld Singapore about some of his forecasts and reveals what are the popular IT skill sets for 2013.

How will the IT job market look like in 2013?

Robert Half's research for this year (2012) found that 26 percent of chief technology officers and chief information officers in Singapore intend to increase their IT headcount.

For professionals working within technology, 2013 is shaping up as a very similar year to 2012. For example, one area where we expect growth is in the IT functions within the banking and financial services sector. Demand within the financial services sector will remain buoyant as companies look to recruit IT staff both nationally and internationally.

This is because we are seeing local financial institutions continue with hiring, as well as businesses from "newer markets", including Russia and Canada expanding their operations globally.

What are the specific IT skills that will be popular in 2013?

IT professionals who are positioned at the mid-level (with between five and 10 years of experience) and possessing certifications in project management (PMI, PMP), IT audit (CISA, CISSP), change management (ITIL), Microsoft, Cisco System and networking skills will be most in demand in Singapore and across the region.

In addition, companies in Asia will be looking for IT talent skilled in .NET, C++,Java, as well as SQL, Oracle, Hyperion, SAP, Business Objects. Candidates with this level of experience and competencies, combined with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate across the business, will find themselves increasingly sought-after.

For IT pros looking to upgrade themselves, what are the certificates or training that will help them earn the much-needed pay increment?

To get a promotion or a pay rise, IT professionals need to think beyond just upgrading their technical skills and qualifications. Soft skills are increasingly important. Employees with strong communication and management skills will be highly sought after as they can communicate effectively with non-IT business managers.


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