Singapore: Number of jobs in manufacturing sector doubles from end-August
About 6,370 jobs are available in the manufacturing sector, up from the 3,200 at end-August, Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has reported.
The growth in the sector as a whole was mainly driven by the biomedical manufacturing and electronics sub-sectors which has continued to expand and hire, said a job situation report by MOM.
The 6,370 jobs formed 61% of the 10,400 available openings in the manufacturing sector under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package. The remaining 26% and 13% are company-hosted traineeships/attachments and training placements, respectively.
By sub-sector, electronics, precision engineering and food manufacturing had the highest number available job opportunities, respectively: 2,060, 1,910 and 1,440 inclusive of traineeships and training placements.
For PMETs, the top roles in the sub-sectors are: electronics engineers; mechanical engineers; software, web and multimedia developers; and manufacturing engineering technicians – with median incomes ranging from $4,700 (USD$3,494) for electronics engineers to $2,000 (USD$1,487) for manufacturing engineering technicians.
For non-PMETs, in-demand roles are: welders and flame cutters; machine-tool setters-operators; and production clerks – with median salaries ranging from $2,150 (USD$1,599) for welders and flame cutters to $1,440 (USD$1,071) for production clerks.
The MOM report said though the marine and offshore subsector has been buffeted by the twin challenges of weakened rig demand due to low oil prices and the stoppage or reduction of work caused by the pandemic, jobseekers should use this downtime to position themselves for higher-value jobs such as: automation engineers to integrate automated technologies and robotic systems in ships and rigs; data scientists to conduct analysis and validation to improve ship, rig, marine equipment design and refine maintenance schedule; and process engineers to optimise engineering systems and operations for the businesses.