SINGAPORE – Career centres set up by the Government and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) helped 25,000 Singaporeans and permanent residents find jobs last year, a 25 per cent jump from the previous year.

Six in 10 of the job seekers were professionals, managers, executives and technicians, said Workforce Singapore (WSG) in a jobs situation report on Friday (Feb 19).

The report, which was started by Manpower Minister Josephine Teo last August, typically focuses on sectors that are seeing hiring demand.

On Friday, the 19th weekly edition of the report highlighted how job matching efforts by WSG and the NTUC Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) intensified last year.

Individualised career coaching benefited 34,000 job seekers, of which two in three were PMETs, said WSG. This was a 15 per cent increase over 2019.

Of those who received career coaching, eight in 10 were unemployed and six in 10 were 40 years old or older. About four in 10 had been searching for jobs for at least six months.

More than 13,000 individuals – more than double the previous year – were placed in career conversion programmes such as mid-career conversion programmes, said WSG.

About 40 per cent more career fairs and related events – a number exceeding 1,300 – were organised last year. These include virtual and physical career fairs, walk-in interviews and career matching services.

WSG said the top challenges for job seekers included emotional barriers, gaps in skills and having difficulties adapting to potentially new work conditions.

Some job seekers also had outdated job search techniques and had limited networks, the statutory board added.

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To help job seekers overcome these challenges, WSG and e2i introduced workshops, seminars and individualised programmes.

Singaporeans who were retrenched last year were also contacted, where possible, and about three in 10 chose to receive career matching services while the remainder chose to search for jobs on their own or take a break from employment, said WSG.

“While job matching does not happen overnight, we encourage job seekers who are open to switching into new job roles to contact WSG or NTUC’s e2i early,” said WSG.

“Due to the global pandemic situation, finding a suitable job remains challenging. We are committed to supporting all job seekers in finding new pathways to career growth,” it added.



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