IT sector: Highest jobs growth potential, but highest unemployment rate also?

Why is it that “Information and Communications’ jobs” have the highest growth potential, but also has the highest unemployment rate? 

I refer to the article “Infocomm media to create jobs, pump up economy” (Straits Times, Nov 4).

It states that “By 2020, the sector that already employs 194,000 people will create another 16,000 jobs. Of these, 13,000 are expected to be professional, managerial, executive and technician (PMET) roles.”

Why is there no breakdown of the 194,000 workers into Singaporeans, permanent residents (PRs) and foreigners?

As to “ICM’s value-add is expected to grow at 6 per cent a year – twice as fast as the overall economy.

“This presents immense opportunities for both companies and workers in the ICM sector, and stands in stark contrast to the larger backdrop of the global slowdown”.

IMDA was ready to invest in manpower training for AI, said Dr Yaacob. It will launch an AI apprenticeship programme to provide on-the-job or course training for the first batch of 200 AI professionals over the next three years.

The programme is a first for AI under the IMDA’s tech skills development and job placement initiative, TechSkills Accelerator (Tesa), which has already trained 16,000 professionals in new tech skills to prepare them for the digital economy since April last year”

“Information and Communications” highest unemployment rate

– According to the latest MOM report (Labour Force in Singapore 2016) – “Information and Communications” had the highest unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent among all the categories, in June 2016.

So, don’t you find it rather strange that we keep hearing the rhetoric that this sector has a lot of vacancies and demand particularly for PMETs is increasing?

Competition from foreigners?

Is it due partly to Singaporeans losing their jobs with fierce competition from foreigners and permanent residents (PRs) – and finding it hard to get re-employed?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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15 Responses to “IT sector: Highest jobs growth potential, but highest unemployment rate also?”

  • Lee Mah Ti:

    I feel the same as Mr Leong.

    I am ex-IT consultant of 15years. Now self-employed because the sector is flooded with India.

    My boss said no choice, indians have to be hired. Its the newer growth engine.

    Singaporeans proved they ACCEPT the obvious Opacity.

    Failure of the education system.

    The people cannot think nor question.

    Top in maths and science.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:


    – “Information and Communications” had the highest unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent among all the categories, in June 2016.

    those who need to know don’t come here to TRE. those who already know come here. which is okay. but everyone who comes here must also bring the message to those who need to know but don’t come here.

    fact is, highest unemployment rate is not only in 2016. it has been so for many years prior. not helped in recent years by stupid ceca signed by pap with rapists wife burning forked tongue ah neh.

    ceca is wrong. because ah neh is cheap labour. worse, these are not the best hombres to have around. they bring their caste system, their lies, their bad behaviours everywhere they go. over and over again one sees ah nehs supplanting their bosses, the bosses who gave them a chance to live outside of slump india. remember that wang computer guy who got kicked out by the very ah neh he employed and promoted? the list goes on.

    ceca is definitely wrong. it is a one way ticket, to the detriment of local born Singaporeans. YET, 70% sheep says it is okay. this is the WTF.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    how come an INDIAN can be president when presidency is reserved for the malay race? pap says can, as long as pap says so. that is why inside polling station is NOT within 200m of polling station. WTF.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • RDB:

    AIYO Uncle Leong Sze Hian,

    Sg under the arckia son for 13 years who was trained by his now past tense papa within his 13th year as PM3 too is now a PAP Double-Talk Talk show off ministers without relevant knowledge. As 3 x 13 x 13 again is not telling meh? Not that I am superstitious as I am not.

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  • Majulah S$1 = 3.1 RM:

    Why employ SGrean for S$3,000/mth when cheaper to pay someone same job for 3,000 RM or 47,000 Rupee?

    They don’t need time off for reservist for 13 years, endless supply already in SG and so easy to get them work permit and PR.

    If Singaporean can accept S$1K per month, of course got many jobs! Why? cannot bother to go across causeway buy cheaper things meh? S$1 = 3.1 RM OK !!!

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  • Get What You Voted, Stupid:

    Read between the lines, more IT jobs for imported cheap workers, more retrenchment for local dafts.
    Fit those reports perfectly, make sense now?

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  • Longan lost marbles:

    Many IT firms here are owned by foreigners usually from India.

    The boss is usually PR.
    .
    A PR is a foreigner who captures jobs from sgreans.

    Its like a trojan horse vehie.

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  • I'm Halimah Indian becom malay:

    How many more Nilas from Ah Neh land with fakey qualificatuons is Yakult going to employ ???
    Just look at the fakey at NTU whose Phd was as fakey as her qualification.

    “The university has already sacked lead researcher Professor Ravi Kambadur, whose team included researchers from other institutions here. It has also started disciplinary proceedings against other researchers involved in the data falsification”.

    Just how many more of these Ah Nehs fakeys are around you taking over your job ???

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  • Harder Truths:

    Don’t be fooled by these convoluted lies.

    We all have the ‘potential’ to make a billion dollars right?

    In reality this statement is bullshit given by second hand car salesman and politicians to make the job market look rosy to the gullible who will never be re-employed.

    Job reality is a simple equation. How many jobs can be created in reality vs. the number of available job-seekers.

    The number of job seekers in IT must mostly be Indian FT to ensure CECA is implemented so that DBS Jurong International etc. get their share of the India market.

    China FT are required for the coming OBOR China initiative so more China FT coming here to be employed for the same reason in China.

    China, India, Indonesia, Philippine FT needed for the private housing market. Gamblers needed for casino.

    Locals cannot change the $G system so are ignored.
    The bottom line is no pappy gives a shit about $G locals.
    Simple as that.
    No amount of protesting or making noise will change anything.

    Remember in $G you die your business.

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  • Patriot of Temesak:

    Many Moons ago we tried to Ride the Wave of IT…IPC-Compaq-the JINX’s collapse of $500,000,000 or 1/2Billion in DickMaking only Sound Blaster seem remotely successful but is SOUNDING its DeathKnell soon..

    Other ThirdWorld SOARED in the likes of Taiwan – Korea – and The KingPin of them all China

    so…what is that again??? IT??? Kiss my arse and call me Harry lah!!!

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  • LIONS:

    $in City is the most expen$ive city in the world fourth year running for *expat$*!
    So,what about JOBLE$$ n incomele$$ sinkingporeans???

    Lee Ah Long,wake up your blinking idea,you DAFT son of lky.

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  • Lee12345:

    Lot of people are applying jobs with fake experience to get a job mostly from India in IT area . In Singapore it is to get a job with fake experience in IT area. Company to check employment history before offering a job . if companies know about it
    then they should fired immediately

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  • what white idiots call 'hungry:

    //Lot of people are applying jobs with fake experience to get a job mostly from India in IT area . In Singapore it is to get a job with fake experience in IT area.//

    this is what white idiots call ‘hungry’. chat-ba-lang people are not fearful in showing ‘confidence’ and ‘overselling’ themselves unlike daft sinkies who are conditioned by white idiotic 151th environment to be kiasi and kiasu and tend to undersell oneself.

    no experience, never mind, get the jobs first and then start to learn from there and become experience lor. learn from FTs. oversell yourselves with confidence just like the white idiots and get the job first and explain later on lar.

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  • opposition dude:

    No lah uncle Leong, the reason why IT has such a high unemployment rate is because employers are damn bloody fussy. They want the best candidate at the cheapest possible salary. And they are willing to wait so the position is not filled for a few weeks, disappears off the job portal and reappears after 2 weeks or so.

    It’s also PAP’s excuse for letting in more non Singaporeans since there is high unemployment in the IT sector.

    It’s too obvious already but PAP still needs to fool the dafts you know.

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  • thomas12:

    I heard that Some times interview attended person is different from joining person for first job. once they get experience they will be on their own later. Singaporeans can not lie work experience , for foreigners it is easy to put fake experience to get a job in singapore . There is no way MOM can stop fake experience people /verify work experience

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  • caliew:

    Lee Mah Ti

    I full agreed with you. I have even question my friend in NTU and some recruitment companies, there is an obvious facts that the demands for IT professional is higher than engineering in the market, but locally local universities produce more engineering professionals than ITs. Where do we get people to filled the jobs ? and yet qualified IT veterans like ourselves still cannot get a decent jobs, despite good portfolios in projects managed and delivered I did not get interview even by NCS. Don’t you think something is very strange in our industry ?

    Lee Mah Ti:
    I feel the same as Mr Leong.

    I am ex-IT consultant of 15years. Now self-employed because the sector is flooded with India.

    My boss said no choice, indians have to be hired. Its the newer growth engine.

    Singaporeans proved they ACCEPT the obvious Opacity.

    Failure of the education system.

    The people cannot think nor question.

    Top in maths and science.

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