Development, digital transformation and regulatory projects set to drive IT hiring in 2018


Continued disruption in IT innovations is set to produce a need for business/consumer-facing professionals who have deep learning and machine learning skills, finds our latest Salary Survey 2018.

Singapore’s financial services technology recruitment market was patchy in the first half of 2017, with long hiring lead times. Most hiring came via development, digital transformation and regulatory projects.

The market improved somewhat around mid-year, with a number of Tier 1 financial services organisations starting to hire in increasing volumes.

This was among the key findings of the Robert Walters Salary Survey for 2018. The annual survey contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and benchmarks salaries across our global markets.

Recruitment in the tech commerce sector remained strong in 2017, with digital transformation triggering a number of temporary and permanent hires with both traditional and new

skills. Key industries driving digital transformation included healthcare, media, insurance, logistics, e-commerce and consultancy.

In 2018, we foresee high demand for business/consumer-facing professionals who have deep learning and machine learning skills. Employers are also set to seek UX/UI professionals, especially front-end developers who have a strong instinct for design, as attractive interfaces remain a differentiating factor in user acquisition. Tech professionals with cyber security skills will also continue to be in demand. 

About the Salary Survey 

Now in its nineteenth edition, the Robert Walters annual Salary Survey is the most comprehensive review of professional salaries and recruitment trends around the world.

The Greater China & South East Asia book consists of 9 countries, is free, and covers China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Our Salary Survey is based on the analysis of permanent, interim and contract placements made across each of our geographies and recruitment disciplines during 2017.

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