Singapore – Demand for tech talent with coding skills continues to rise

July 08, 2022

According to a report by the Singapore National Trades Union Congress’ LearningHub, the majority, or 84%, of employers in Singapore agree that there is a growing need for employees in a variety of roles to learn basic coding skills.

More than half (53%) of employers surveyed for the report cited the growing number of tech-lite jobs that require basic coding skills, and 73% of employers are looking to fill tech-lite positions in the coming years. next two years. Tech-lite roles do not require specialized or advanced IT skills and include roles such as data analysts, digital marketing analysts, and business analysts.

Meanwhile, nearly a third of employers, or 28%, said a large portion of the roles within their organization required some knowledge of coding.

Although 51% of business leaders believe a traditional college degree is important when considering candidates with coding skills, more than half are open to hiring candidates who don’t. may not have the relevant education (67%) or relevant work experience (65%) but have taken professional training and certification in coding.

Employers are also looking for talent with essential skills such as problem solving (69%), communication (58%) and digital literacy (52%), as they are complementary to the technical skills of a efficient coder.

Anthony Chew, Director of Infocomm Technology at NTUC LearningHub, said, “Tech-lite coding skills can be acquired by beginners with a keen interest in technology and can be applied horizontally across different fields and industries. Our insights indicate that there is a high demand for tech-light roles, and while digitally savvy candidates may qualify for such roles, candidates who have industry-recognized coding certifications have an added advantage and will be in a better position to advance their careers.

The report found that coding skills will help employees “stay relevant in an increasingly digital and automated workplace” (cited by 62%), “improve employee performance” (60%) and “increase career prospects and employee growth”. ” (55%).

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