Singapore today is on the way to becoming a deep tech hub in Asia and the country’s smart nation drive is powering more jobs in the tech sector. According to recent data from LinkedIn, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Data Analytics amongst the top skillsets being favorited by employers in the country. Moreover, soft skills like customer service and partnership management also are much in demand.
Earlier this week, LinkedIn, a business and employment-oriented service network, issued its list of top 15 emerging jobs in Singapore, wherein AI specialists rank at the top. The list further includes robotics engineers, full stack engineers, backend developers and data scientists who also led the pack after AI specialists. On the other hand, cybersecurity specialists and e-commerce specialists also made the list, with soft skills such as customer success specialists and creative copywriters.
Considering reports, Singapore shares over 2 million LinkedIn profiles on the network. To create the top 15 emerging jobs, the professional service network assessed data of members with a public profile and who held a full-time position in Singapore over the past five years. Afterward, it scaled out the share of hiring and the average growth rate for each profession between 2015 and 2019 to find out roles that presented the largest growth.
Vice President of LinkedIn’s talent and learning solutions for Asia-Pacific, Feon Ang said “Singapore’s continued commitment to becoming a digital nation has led to continued demand for some of the fastest-growing jobs in our workforce. This also underscores the rise of data experts with a strong focus on technology.”
In the country, the e-commerce sector had seen momentous growth, amplified demand for roles that knotted the realms of marketing and digital technology, LinkedIn noted. The e-commerce specialists were tasked to develop a digital and mobile ecosystem where customers could be learned and grown, compelling online sales for their organisation.
However, the biggest skills gap is ultimately soft skills, according to Ang. “Digitisation and automation have opened doors for more jobs that require creativity and interpersonal skills to help make sense of data and technology,” she said.
LinkedIn also revealed that TensorFlow, machine learning, Python and computer vision as skillsets professionals would need. It listed Python for Data Science Essential Training, Machine Learning and AI Foundations, and Learning Hadoop as some of the top learning courses on its platform. It also noted the roles in e-commerce would have to own skillsets in digital marketing, social media marketing and business development.
To drive capabilities in the local sector, the Singapore government has already established a programme, called AI Singapore. The country, last month, launched a national AI strategy which aimed at tapping the technology to develop economic value, improve citizen lives, and arm its workforce with the essential skillsets. With this launch, Singapore’s key goal is to pave the way for the city-state to be a leader in developing and deploying scalable, impactful AI solutions in key verticals by 2030.