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Singapore employees fall short in global survey on taking responsibility for upgrading their own skills

Number of Singaporean workers who feel they should pursue their own learning and development is eight per cent less than the global average

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 3:35pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 3:38pm

By Sujin Thomas

Nine in 10 global employees, or 91 per cent, say that it is their personal responsibility to keep up with the best practices through learning and development opportunities.

However fewer Singapore employees felt that way (83 per cent) as compared to the global average, according to the Randstad Workmonitor Report for the third quarter of this year.

In the region, Hong Kong (91 per cent) and Malaysia (96 per cent) employees saw a greater need to pursue learning and development on their own.

One-third of Malaysia’s employees said they are open to investing their own time and money in an online course (35 per cent) and curriculum (39 per cent) in order to stay competitive.

Meanwhile, nearly half (49 per cent) of Hong Kong employees have taken a curriculum course in the last 12 months and 39 per cent are willing to pay for a programme themselves.

In Singapore, employees said they are more inclined to sign up for curriculum courses (45 per cent) and attend online courses (35 per cent) on their own.

Jaya Dass, country director of Randstad Singapore said: “Employees in Singapore have access to many training programmes either provided by employers or from external channels such as SkillsFuture.

“Learning and development is a lifelong process and we strongly encourage employees to actively look for interesting opportunities to stay competitive in today’s workforce.”

Respondents aged 18 to 65 who work a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job were polled via an online questionnaire. The minimal sample size was 400 interviews per country.

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