Singapore companies reveal SkillsFuture's impact on staff

Just how effective has the Singapore government's SkillsFuture movement been at alleviating the country's skills crunch?

A majority of Singaporean Chief Information Officers (CIOs) say the Singapore government’s SkillsFuture movement has been instrumental in helping their IT staff to upgrade essential skillsets.

This is according to a new independent research commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half regarding the impact of SkillsFuture so far on Singapore’s IT sector.

According to the study, which surveyed local CIOs, more than six in 10 (61%) of Singaporean CIOs say the initiative has helped IT staff within their organisation to upgrade essential skillsets, and more than four in 10 (43%) believe it has helped alleviate the crucial skills shortage in the city-state’s IT sector.

Furthermore, almost one in three (31%) CIOs say the SkillsFuture initiative has helped promote Singapore as an attractive place to work for IT professionals. This positive sentiment is emphasised by the fact that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the most popular training area used in the SkillsFuture initiative, particularly for young Singaporeans who have enrolled in numerous IT courses such as data analytics.

Still, almost one if five (19%) IT leaders remain uncertain as to whether the initiative has had a positive effect on the tech industry, with 5% saying the effects are still yet to be felt.

“The local workforce has much to gain from SkillsFuture, which helps equip Singaporean workers with the skills they need to excel in today’s competitive working environment. This is especially true for those in the IT industry, where workers are constantly faced with new technologies and innovations that can disrupt the industry,” says Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard, Managing Director at Robert Half Singapore.

“SkillsFuture represents a positive step forward to fill the skills gap in the IT industry, enabling CIOs to keep their organisations competitive by training their staff with the most up-to-date technological skillsets, while also improving employment opportunities for individual workers.” 

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