Salary Survey 2018: Country highlights


IT skills in high demand across key sectors in Singapore 2018

Digital transformation continues to be a core business issue, in line with the government’s drive to strengthen technology infrastructure and build a smart nation. As a result, demand for IT professionals is expected to remain high across all major industries in Singapore. 

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.

Hiring trends in Singapore 

In 2018 we expect higher demand for candidates with a mixture of business and audit experience. This would include people who left the auditing function to take on an internal role in business areas such as compliance.

The contract market is also expected to grow as candidates become more open to contracting opportunities to broaden their corporate exposure. This is especially true of those seeking flexibility in their roles, including women looking to return to work after a career break.

Companies in the consumer and healthcare industries are also likely to seek sales and marketing professionals who are up-to-date with digital trends, and have strong analytical skills. Additionally, employers will continue to seek high-potential local talent with international backgrounds. We therefore anticipate that our Balik Kampung campaign will remain more relevant than ever in connecting Singaporeans residing overseas with jobs back home. 

As inflation rates in Singapore are likely to remain flat, we do not anticipate any significant salary increases in 2018. However, candidates with in-demand skills, such as digital marketing and cyber security, can expect to see increments in their annual salary reviews, especially those with knowledge of the local market.

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.

Download your free copy of the 2018 Salary Survey

The 2018 Robert Walters Salary Survey - Greater China and South East Asia is here and you can download your free copy now. Don't miss out on the most up to date salary information and employment trends in Singapore. The annual book contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and salary information from across our regional markets.

For a more in-depth look at our expectations for the recruitment market in Singapore, download the e-copy today.

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