Coding skills gain importance among 84% of Singapore employers surveyed

According to a third (31%) of respondents, more than half of the positions in their organization require basic and advanced coding skills.

With digitalization driving changes to workplace processes, more than four in five Singaporean employers surveyed (84%) believe their employees need more basic coding skills and knowledge.

This need is found in various roles and departments, the survey, published in NTUC Learning Center Industry Outlook 2022, revealed. To what extent do these employers see the need?

  • A very large measure (more than 75% of roles)
  • To a large extent (50% to 70% of roles)
  • A moderate measure (25% to 50% of roles)
  • A minimal measure (less than 25% of roles)
  • A negligent measure (nearly 0% of roles)

According to a third (31%) of respondents, more than half of the positions in their organization require basic and advanced coding skills.

Why Coding Skills Are Becoming More and More Important for Employers

Of the many reasons why basic coding skills are considered a priority by employers today, the top reason cited by most (62%) was that it would help employees stay relevant in a fast-paced job market. increasingly digital and automated.

Additionally, a similar percentage (60%) said these skills would be helpful in improving employee performance – for example, enabling employees to make data-driven decisions and increasing productivity.

Other reasons cited include:

  • Increase career prospects and employee growth (55%)
  • Increase the number of jobs on the market (53%)
  • Driving increased business spending on code-based products and services – for example, analytics software and data-driven software.

In this vein, the survey delved into the extent to which coding skills are required in work tasks. The following has been revealed:

  • Data analysis (60%)
  • Statistical analysis (58%)
  • Financial Modeling / Financial Analysis (55%)
  • Data-driven decision making (55%)
  • Business analysis (52%)
  • Data visualization and storytelling (51%)
  • Customer behavior analysis (48%)
  • Digital Marketing (48%)
    Market research / analysis of market trends (48%)
    Product management (42%)

With this in mind, the survey then identified the top five tech-lite professional roles that require basic coding skills, with the highest being the statistical analyst role (42%).

This is followed by a data mining and modeling specialist (41%), a business analyst (36%), a system administrator (33%) and a data storytelling and visualization specialist (32%) .

At the same time, the first five tech-heavy professional roles that require such skills include:

  • Technology Development Specialist (51%)
  • Software engineer (48%)
  • Data Scientist/Analyst (47%)
  • Big data specialist (44%)
  • Database engineer/administrator (43%)

The survey involved a total of 200 respondents who are business leaders or team leaders who make hiring decisions. Of these, 88% of respondents say they have some knowledge of their organization’s coding needs. Respondents are made up of 60% men and 40% women: 16 to 24 years old (5%), 25 to 34 years old (26%), 35 to 44 years old (35%), 45 to 54 years old (23 %), 55 and over (11%), and come from a variety of sectors, including financial services (12%), infocommunications technology (12%) and other (11%).

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