Jun 23, 2015

    Sales reps among top 5 'hard-to-fill' jobs here

    WHAT are the top five positions in Singapore that are the toughest to fill? Global workforce expert ManpowerGroup says it has the answers.

    They are: Accounting and finance talent; sales representatives; engineers; secretaries (including receptionists and administrative assistants); marketing, public relations and communications specialists.

    In a report yesterday, Linda Teo, Manpower Group Singapore's country manager, said that for the 234 respondents here to its 2015 Talent Shortage Survey, 40 per cent of them said they find it hard to fill those five positions.

    She attributed the shortage to "widespread restructuring that is sending tremors across sectors, with shocks being added from a tightening labour market".

    Globally, the survey found that the top five talents that are hardest to find are: Skilled trade positions (especially chefs, bakers, butchers, mechanics and electricians); sales representatives; engineers (mechanical, electrical and civil); technicians; and drivers (particularly of heavy vehicles).

    Manpower Group questioned 41,700 hiring managers in 42 countries and territories for its 10th annual survey.

    It found that the proportion of global employers reporting talent shortages hit a record high of 38 per cent since 2007, with Japan employers topping the list at 83 per cent. In 2007, the difficulty level was 41 per cent.

    However, more than 20 per cent of employers were still not pursuing any strategy to overcome these challenges, said the firm.

    "Employers do not seem to show an urgency to put into place strategies not just to tackle the talent shortage, but to stay ahead of the curve to find individuals to meet their business needs," said Ms Teo.

    Employers also need to explore untapped talent pools such as youth and older workers, and look into enhancing benefits, she said.

    On the flipside, a global career survey of employees released in April shed light on talent shortage from the other side of the fence.

    Findings from the Global Career Aspiration Survey by Right Management, the global career experts within Manpower Group, signalled a disconnect between employee aspirations and the performance demands of employers worldwide.

    The survey found that only one in 10 employees defines career success as high performance and productivity. Furthermore, 45 per cent of respondents rank work-life balance as their No. 1 career aspiration, and the top definition of workplace success was enjoyment and happiness.