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Singapore's PMETs prefer traditional job search techniques

Nayela Deeba | Aug. 24, 2016
Senior professionals prefer recruitment agencies, newspapers and recommendations over digital platforms when searching for a job, according to SCS' survey.

A survey by the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) revealed that PMETs (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) are more comfortable in engaging a recruiter, instead of searching for a job online.

Fifty-four percent of senior PMETs in Singapore's Information and Communication Technology(ICT) industry prefer to use traditional job search methods over new digital platforms.

The government is coming up with initiatives to help senior PMETs adapt to changing job demands. The Singapore Workforce Development (WDA) has introduced several methods such as the Professional Conversion Programmes, P-Max and Career Support Programme to equip senior PMETs with relevant skills.

Senior ICT professionals, however, do not feel intimidated by newcomers. According to the survey, only 11 percent of senior professionals think that younger ICT professionals will pose a threat to their employability. Most seniors revealed having the right attitude is the most important factor in securing a job.

In addition, PMETs are considering jobs that provide better work-life balance and career progression. They are also keen on opportunities such as freelancing or contract work.

"The digital economy is dynamic and constantly evolving: both current and aspiring ICT professionals need to be nimble, adaptable and embrace these changes," said Howie Lau, President of SCS.

 

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