Singapore is competing in a dynamic global economy in which two assets—a skilled and versatile workforce—as well as the capacity for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, would provide a competitive edge.
The release of the Ministry of Manpower's 'Labour Market Advance Release 2016' showed both slowing employment growth (an increase of 0.4%, down from 0.9% in 2015), and an increase in unemployment, creeping up to 2.2%.
Following an announcement in 2010 by the Economic Strategies Committee to reach a productivity growth target of 2-3% per year over the next decade, the Singapore government has since introduced a slew of initiatives to raise productivity.
Global mobility programmes are pivotal to the growth and success of organisations, but with increasing complexities and the increasing volume of information to manage, the decision-making process can get rather daunting.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore's regulatory changes in 2016 and planned reforms throughout 2017 has seen many financial institutions launch a recruitment drive for regulatory reporting professionals and risk control experts.
Information technology professionals with sound communication and presentation skills will have an abundance of forthcoming opportunities in Singapore as multinational companies increasingly set up support sites in the country.
With the rapid advancement of smartphone technology and Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPAs) such as Apple’s Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft’s Cortana, the ability to schedule meetings, check on stock prices, and organise email messages is at the fingertip of any smartphone-wielding executive.
In the past decade, Singapore has played host to many high-profile events such as the annual Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, the BNP Paribas Women's Tennis Association Finals Singapore, as well as the World Rugby Sevens series in 2016.