Singapore – Most IT leaders believe the government’s tech skills initiative will enhance skillsets among IT professionals

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Most IT employers in Singapore expect positive results from the government’s new TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) programme, according to research from Robert Half.

The TeSA programme aims to enhance training and placement opportunities for ICT (information communication technology) jobs across the economy, by facilitating the reskilling or upskilling of individuals to meet industry needs. It also supports non-ICT professionals in acquiring new sought-after skills and domain knowledge.

Robert Half’s research showed that 60% of Singapore’s CIOs believe the government’s TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) will enhance skillsets among IT professionals and 53% believe it will increase competition for high-level roles among IT candidates. Meanwhile, 63% are planning to use government initiatives, such as TeSA, to improve IT staff skill levels over the next 12 months.

According to Robert Half, the initiative is a positive step forward for IT candidates as 41% of CIOs respectively predict TeSA will increase average salaries for skilled IT talent and increase competition among employers battling to secure the right candidate. More than a third believe it will decrease the IT skills shortage, while 3% of CIOs do not think TeSA will impact the IT employment market.

The top five IT skills CIOs are looking to develop are IT security (53%), data analytics (37%), business analysis (32%), business intelligence (32%) and IT management (25%).

Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard, Managing Director of Robert Half Singapore commented, “In this fast-moving, tech-driven landscape, it is essential for companies to develop their IT capabilities to stay competitive. The Singaporean government has taken a positive step forward by creating initiatives that support companies. The TechSkills Accelerator is a perfect example as it aims at upskilling local IT talent, driving productivity and ultimately, the Singaporean economy.”

“New technologies are emerging every day, highlighting the need for new skills to manage them. This in turn underlines the importance of ongoing professional development for all IT professionals,” Imbert-Bouchard said. “TechSkills Accelerator is not just an efficient government measure to help IT staff keep up with technological change. As new and exciting career opportunities continue to be created, upskilling and professional development opportunities will also become an increasingly important tool for IT employers to attract, retain and incentivise the most talented staff as we move into the future.”



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