2 in 3 leaders expect tech to create new jobs in 2020

The outlook remains positive in the new year

2 in 3 leaders expect tech to create new jobs in 2020

Over two-thirds (68%) of Singaporean leaders think technology will create permanent jobs in their teams throughout 2020.

Leaders are slightly more optimistic about the impact of technology on permanent job creation compared to their global counterparts.

However, they’re not quite certain about temporary and contract roles.

While still predominantly optimistic, only 42% of leaders foresee that technology will create new temporary and contract roles in this year, according to recent survey by Robert Half.

More than one-third (36%) of Singaporean leaders think there will be no net change and 22% believe temporary and contract jobs will get lost, which again corresponds with the view of their global peers.

While automation will continue to disrupt workplaces and contribute to job loss in some sectors, jobs for technically skilled professionals are set to increase.

New technological developments across high-speed mobile internet, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and cloud technology require additional skilled professionals to develop and implement them.

This creates and will continue to create more job opportunities for professionals with an agile mindset and appetite to develop emerging technical skills.

Leaders in Singapore and globally were asked to indicate tech specialisms experiencing “high to urgent demand” in their IT departments. Here are the six skills that came out on top:

  • Cloud technologies (94%)
  • Business intelligence and reporting services (86%)
  • Database management (84%)
  • Mobile development (88%)
  • DevOps (88%)
  • Agile (83%)

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“Going into 2020, digital transformation will continue to put ongoing pressure on companies to quickly evolve their workforces to harness the benefits,” said Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard, managing director at Robert Half Singapore.

“Some of the fastest growing job opportunities across all industries include those that are based on new technology, specialist roles that leverage emerging technology, and those that rely on distinctly ‘human’ skills which sit alongside technology, such as change management and strategic thinking skills.”

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