Hot jobs this quarter

Construction Project Managers, Civil and Structural Engineers, and Oil and Gas Senior Project Managers are among the candidates in high demand this quarter with government restrictions on foreign workers hampering Singapore’s labour force, according to the Hays Quarterly Hotspots.

According to the latest Quarterly Hotspots, out now and covering April to June 2013, pockets of shortages for specific skills remain in a number of sectors including construction and engineering due to Singapore’s boom in infrastructure projects such as the completion of the MRT.


“With the local government’s strict regulations, combined with the government’s stance on foreign workforce, there is a situation where the local candidates aren’t simply available or up to speed to take on the responsibilities of Tunnel Managers or Project Managers within the construction industry,” says Chris Mead, Regional Director of Hays in Singapore and Malaysia.

“And the government seems determined to cap the number of foreigners per company. Whilst this is good in theory, it adds pressure to companies trying to build the local infrastructure with a lack of local resources.” 

The oil and gas industry also remains busy and is experiencing challenging candidate shortages, particularly Senior Project Managers with Subsea/Surf experience.

This demand is driven by Singapore’s status as a regional and global hub for design and construction of Offshore Rigs, FPSO, FSO and Topside structures. 70 per cent of the world's Jack Up Rigs are being built in Singapore currently,” says Chris.


According to the Hays Quarterly Hotspots for April to June 2013, demand is highest for the following skilled professionals:



Hays Accountancy & Finance

  • Tax Professionals
  • Costing
  • Pricing  
  • Internal Auditors
  • Consolidation

Hays Banking

  • Risk and Control
  • Trade Finance
  • Project Management
  • Middle Office/Operations
  • Private Banking

Hays Construction

  • Tunnel Managers
  • Project Managers (TBM experience) Estimators
  • Architects (local MRT experience)
  • Quantity Surveyors

Hays Engineering

  • Civil and Structural Engineers
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
  • Geotechnical Engineers Professionally Registered Engineers
  • Alignment Engineers

Hays Finance Technology

  • C# WPF Front Office Developers
  • Core Java and/or C++ Developers
  • Business Analysts with Dodd Frank experience
  • Internet/Mobile Banking System Analysts
  • Delivery Managers

Hays Human Resources

  • HR Generalists
  • Change Management
  • C&B/ Rewards

Hays Information Technology

  • Pre-Sales Consultants
  • SAP Consultants
  • Agile Developers
  • Data Centre Consultants
  • Security Consultants

Hays Insurance

  • Project Management
  • Sales and Distribution
  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Regulatory Reporting
  • Compliance

Hays Life Sciences

  • Operational Quality Assurance
  • Clinical Research Associates in CRO Organisations
  • Medical Affairs
  • Regulatory Affairs in food manufacturing
  • MSL

Hays Legal

  • Legal Counsel – Structured trade finance
  • Legal Counsel – Derivatives
  • Senior Associate – Structured finance
  • Pharmaceutical Compliance
  • Corporate Secretariat Manager

Hays Oil & Gas

  • Senior Project Managers (Subsea / SURF)
  • Regional Sales Managers and Business Development Managers Reservoir Engineers and Senior Geophysicists and Geologists Design Engineers and EPC Project Managers
  • Senior Drilling Engineers  

Hays Procurement

  • IT Procurement
  • Retail Procurement & Buying
  • Direct Material Procurement
  • Procurement Analysts
  • Vendor Management

Hays Sales & Marketing

  • Regional Marketing
  • Regional Business Development Managers
  • Sales Account Managers
  • Internal Communications Managers

Hays Supply Chain

  • Logistics Operations Managers
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Customer Service & Order Fulfilment
  • Logistics Solution Design
  • Demand Planners


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