NTUC report: Singapore faces tech talent shortage

SINGAPORE: Nine out of 10 employers believe there is a scarcity of talent with the requisite coding skills, according to a survey by NTUC Learning Hub.

The Industry Insights Report 2022 on coding asked 200 business leaders from different industries in Singapore. Seven in 10 employers claimed they are open to recruiting inexperienced coders.

“As companies automate their work processes and become increasingly reliant on technology, employees need to upskill themselves to remain relevant and to boost their employability with coding skills,” the report stated.

Respondents cited difficulties in hiring individuals with the necessary abilities, new technology surpassing the supply of qualified workers, and competition among employers as causes for the tech talent crisis.

In a speech in March, Minister of Communications and Information's then-Minister of State Tan Kiat How noted that there are reportedly 19,000 tech roles vacant in software engineering and development, cybersecurity, innovation-oriented roles in product development, and the like.

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