Singapore is betting big on its smart nation vision and has been pushing hard towards a digital economy.
Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran said yesterday (August 26) that about 18,000 jobs and skills training opportunities in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are currently available to Singaporeans.
Such positions include software engineers, system analysts, data scientists and cyber security specialists.
You can check out some available ICT positions from the MyCareersFuture job portal. More roles will probably be announced by individual companies at a later date.
He added that the Government will focus on creating 1,800 more job opportunities for Singaporeans in the sector in the next 12 months.
ICT Sector Offers Good Career, Wage Prospects
During a media conference with Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing and Manpower Minister Josephine Teo, Mr Iswaran said the long-term career prospects in ICT — which cuts across all sectors of the economy — remain strong.
Mr Iswaran said there are opportunities for workers in the sector.
“(In) terms of career prospects, and also in terms of its wage prospects — its median wages are higher than the national median wage. I think the long-term prospects remain strong,” he added.
According to Ministry of Manpower statistics released this year, the median gross salary for information and communications jobs is S$6,000. This is above the national median of S$4,600.
Mr Iswaran noted that technology and digitalisation provide opportunities for jobs to be created. To leverage these opportunities, the Government has been working with the private sector to create jobs, he added.
In this year’s Budget, the government has set up a National Jobs Council, which is spearheading an effort to create 100,000 jobs and skills opportunities through the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.
Apart from that, the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s TechSkills Accelerator programme has placed about 6,600 Singaporeans into “good tech jobs” for the last four years, he added.
“This is something that has to be done in a very collaborative way. It is not something that is just about the Government or government agencies working on it,” Mr Iswaran said.
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