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Singapore demand for IT staff jumps 10 per cent

Ross O. Storey | April 11, 2011
Some 50 multinational IT startups establish engineering centres in the Lion City.

Singapore's demand for infocomm employees increased by almost 10 per cent in 2010, according to a senior Lion City Minister.

 IT manpower demand reached 157,400 from 143,500 in 2009, indicating that "infocomm is a thriving and growing industry".

 Currently, about 50 foreign infocomm startups, from countries such as the U.S., Israel, Sweden and China have anchored their engineering centres in Singapore, with some basing their Asia headquarters here. These include start-ups in emerging areas such as cloud computing and Web 2.0. 

 These were some of the comments made by senior parliamentary secretary for the ministry of information, communications and the arts, Sam Tan Chin Siong, at last week's (Wednesday, 6 April 20110) National Infocomm Competition (NIC) awards and launch at Singapore's Red Dot Museum.

 Tan quoted the figures from the Infocomm Development Authority's annual infocomm manpower survey 2010. He said the figures were positive signs for those looking at an infocomm career in the future. 

 New 'critical' IT functions

 "In fact, over the past four years, we have seen infocomm MNCs such as HP Labs, IBM, and Oracle setting up new critical IT functions in Singapore to serve the region," Tan said during his opening speech.

"In addition, companies like Citibank, Daimler and P&G have also established their shared IT services hub here. Global infocomm startups and entrepreneurs are also looking at using Singapore as a development and engineering base to tap on opportunities in Asia."

The Minister congratulated the winners of the National Infocomm Competition 2010 and said they will participate in the NIC Silicon Valley learning trip to visit top infocomm companies such as Apple, HP Labs, LucasFilm and Microsoft. He also thanked the NIC sponsors -  Adobe, M1, Microsoft and Nikon - for their prize contributions

 He urged students to apply for the IDA's National Infocomm Scholarship, and the Integrated Infocomm Scholarship. The National Infocomm Scholarship offers 'A' level and polytechnic students a tertiary education at renowned international or local universities.




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