The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) released today (26 August) a Job Situation report which highlights that there are currently over 6,300 job and training opportunities in the manufacturing industry.
They consist of jobs, traineeships, attachments and training opportunities, and span across nearly 1,000 different companies.
Of the 6,300 opportunities available, 5,100 roles are for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs).
A search on MyCareersFuture shows that some of the companies hiring include Nestle, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Yeo’s and STMicroelectronics.
The top job roles in the sector are electronics engineers, engineering professionals, manufacturing engineering technicians, production clerks and administrative professionals or associates.
According to the MOM, the median salary for these roles range from S$1,500 for a production clerk, up to S$4,700 for an electronics engineer.
Boosting Singapore’s Manufacturing Sector
MOM’s Job Situation report also mentioned that the manufacturing sector currently employs about 472,000 workers.
This segment is a “significant engine” of the Singapore economy, and contributes about 20 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
The SGUnited Jobs and Skills programmes have played an important role in supporting more than 730 jobseekers, allowing them to enter the manufacturing industry.
This includes around 450 mid-career individuals who participated in Workforce Singapore’s (WSG) professional conversion programmes.
According to WSG, there are around 100 of such programmes to aid mid-career PMETs in “skills conversion and moving into new occupations or sectors”.
The SGUnited Traineeship Programmes also allowed around 60 fresh or recent graduates to enter the industry since June.
Trainees in the programme receive a training allowance co-funded by the government for the duration of the programme.
Opportunities For Startups With SGUnited
MOM’s Job Situation report mentioned that more than 1,600 startups came onboard the SGUnited Jobs and Skills programmes on 20 August.
These startups offer more than 4,600 jobs and 800 traineeships to local jobseekers.
The roles range from technical ones such as software and app developers, to non-tech roles like business development leads and digital content producers.
Between April and June 2020, around 330 jobseekers joined the startups with support from the SGUnited scheme. Of these 330, around half were mid-career converts.
Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing and Manpower Minister Josephine Teo also announced on 20 August that Singaporean first-time entrepreneurs would also be entitled to a S$50,000 grant to help them kickstart their business ideas.
The grant will be awarded by the Startup SG Founder Programme, which is overseen by government agency Enterprise Singapore (ESG).
Providing More Support To Job Seekers
Jobseekers can reach out to career advisors or coaches for help in their job search.
MOM said that about 36,400 individuals did so between January to July this year. This marked a 30 per cent increase from the same period last year.
The ministry is also enhancing its job matching services and platforms to better cater to the needs of employers and potential employees.
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