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Singapore infocomm employment up in 2009

MIS Asia Writer | April 9, 2010
Strongest growth in software development, digital media and R&D

SINGAPORE, 9 APRIL 2010 Despite the contraction in the overall Singapore economy, infocomm employment in the city-state grew by 1.3 per cent in 2009.

The increase brought the total number of Singapore infocomm professionals to 140,800, up from 139,000 the year before.

The strongest areas of employment growth included software development, digital media and animation plus research and development.

The figures come from the latest annual survery of infocomm manpower by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore.

Singapore's acting minister for information, communications and the arts, Lui Tuck Yew, shared the findings at the recent Singapore Computer Society (SCS) Annual Dinner and IT Leader Awards 2010.

Infocomm a crucial pillar'

Clearly, infocomm technology remains a crucial pillar and a strong focus of our economy, and this bodes well for infocomm professionals as well as those seeking a career in the infocomm industry, Lui said.

Singapore ICT careersThe acting minister said that to sustain Singapore's infocomm talent pool, the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) will be updated to cover new and emerging areas such as Data Centre Management, Quality Assurance, and Portfolio Management.

Lui said that currently, 562 skill sets have been mapped to 250 infocomm positions on the NICF, which has been adopted by companies such as SingTel, CrimsonLogic and Neptune Orient Lines for their internal competency frameworks.

To provide more upgrading opportunities for professionals, the acting minister said four Infocomm Continuing Education and Training Centres (CET Centres) have been jointly appointed by the IDA and the Workforce Development Agency.

The CET Centres are aiming to deliver more than 60 courses and train more than 8,000 individuals over three years. More than 1,700 infocomm professionals have already benefited from the 35 NICF courses held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and the Institute of Systems Science. The fourth centre, the Strategic Technology Management Institute at the National University of Singapore, was launched on 8 March 2010.


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