5 Technology Recruitment Trends in Singapore in 2021

The tech accelerators and disruptors amidst the pandemic have proven to global business leaders that innovation is and will remain pivotal to the success of their organisations.

The appetite to acquire and assemble world-class teams in pursuit of innovation and transformation is no exception in Singapore. Our country’s digitisation strategy and attractiveness as a regional tech hub have exponentially accelerated our nation’s demand for tech and business transformation professionals.

In an industry that evolves at this rapid pace, what are the top trending tech jobs and most sought-after skills?

Here are some tech trends we expect will influence recruitment in Singapore:

1. AI and cloud computing

With AI and cloud computing at the forefront of innovation, AI architects, AI engineers and cloud solutions experts will be amongst the most sought-after tech professionals,  especially when talent demand is accelerated by the government’s Smart Nation initiative.

It is almost impossible to talk about AI without mentioning cloud computing and vice versa. One of the biggest objectives for tech professionals in 2021 is to increase business agility using AI models for cloud computing deployments. With AI expected to impact IT operations, software development and DevOps, AI engineering is similarly expected to ensure the reliability and scalability of AI models.

Cloud computing is also taking more specific approaches — there’s the distributed cloud strategy, in which cloud services are distributed to various locations but governed by a single public cloud; as well as the Asia cloud trend where organisations are integrating tech for local knowledge and usage.

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2. Advanced data analytics

Data scientists and analysts continue to be in demand. And with Singapore’s data analytics industry reportedly injecting nearly S$1 billion into the country’s economy yearly, this demand will only continue to grow.

Non-analytics applications are evolving to incorporate data and analytics currently and in the future. People and organisations are clamouring for more valuable and actionable data. Advanced data analytics resonates with other tech topics including AI, machine learning, proactive security, privacy-enhancing computation and IoB (internet of behaviour). Advanced data analytics is also connected to data privacy with the massive explosion of data.

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3. Hyperautomation

As hyperautomation grows in rapid demand globally, it impacts the demand for robotic process automation (RPA) jobs too. Hyperautomation brings forth fearless transformation across organisations. Moreover, hyperautomation’s ability to automate basic and complex processes will see more IT and tech roles rising to oversee processes on a bigger scale. Its success relies greatly on data strategy and the organisation’s ability to determine action points within its tech operations.

4. Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity will remain a top priority, especially those specialised in cloud security, application development security and network security, to help companies and nations combat and prepare for possible threats and risks.

The rapid growth of data, the rise of cloud computing, massive data breaches and government regulations are just some of the reasons for the immense demand for cybersecurity professionals. According to a Cisco survey last year, cybersecurity threats across Asia-Pacific rose with more people working from home. Furthermore, cybersecurity will need to be more flexible in addressing a variety of threats.

5. Remote working

Reports from LinkedIn and The Straits Times predicts trends of remote working to continue in Asia-Pacific beyond the pandemic. As more firms embrace technology to facilitate workplace flexibility, we will start to see newly created jobs, as well as traditional roles transforming into hybrid profiles requiring digital-centric skills to support collaboration, communication and connectivity.

What does this mean?

Organisations in Singapore wanting to attract and recruit in-demand talent must know the market worth and motivations of candidates. Adopt a pragmatic view of the market and set realistic hiring expectations. Differentiate yourselves and fiercely retain talent with winning strategies and well-defined career paths.

For candidates, you need to follow recruitment trends and know your market worth, even if you aren’t looking for new opportunities. Partnering specialist recruiters who understand your motivations and career goals can save you much time identifying worthwhile career discussions aligned to your long-term goals.

The article is contributed by Ethos BeathChapman.

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