In 2017 in Singapore, it is said that employers managed to fill job vacancies much more quickly when compared to 2016. However, according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), non PMET-vacancies (professionals, managers, executives and technicians) were harder to fill.
The ministry also stated that the rate of job vacancies which were unfilled for at least 6 months continued to decline from 36% in 2016 to 33% in 2017.
Approximately 49% of the non-PMET vacancies remained unfilled for a minimum of six months, specifically amongst sales and service workers, such as security guards, receptionists, customer service and information clerks and shop sales assistants.
Working on weekends/public holidays, unattractive pay and working in shifts stood to be the main reasons that these vacancies were not appealing to locals according to MOM.
On the other hand, only 16% of PMET vacancies were unfilled for at least 6 months. This includes vacancies for software, multimedia and web developers.
Employers also said that the lack of essential work experience was the biggest challenge for hiring local PMETs for difficult-to-fill vacancies.