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This is 17% lower than the global average.

According to Randstad's recent 2022 Workmonitor study, 91% of employees surveyed in Singapore have indicated an interest in career learning and development opportunities. Despite this, only 22% said that they had received training and upskilling opportunities from their employers in the past 12 months.

This bi-annual survey highlights the workforce’s latest sentiments and perceptions of the local job market.

Almost three in four respondents (73%) agreed that training & development is important, with the following being cited as areas they wished to receive training in:

  • soft skills (56%)
  • career development (49%)
  • technical skills (47%)

When asked how likely they are to stay with their current employer, only 43% of respondents said that they are committed to doing so — this is 17% lower than the global average.

Interestingly, 87% of Singaporeans want to speak to a career coach and understand their future job prospects. Particularly, three in five respondents expressed wanting to speak to a career coach about earning a higher income, followed by better work-life balance (49%) and career advancement (40%).

Meanwhile in Malaysia, a similar trend can be seen, with 97% of respondents showing interest in learning and development opportunities. However, only 36% of respondents said that their employers offered them training.

More than four in five respondents regarded training and development as an integral part of their career progress, recognising it as an important step towards higher job satisfaction.

When asked what they would want to receive training for, 61% of respondents said technical skills, while 60% want to develop their soft skills and 54% are keen on developing in their current role.

The survey also found that 96% of respondents are keen on reaching out to career coaches for helpful advice and guidance.

When asked what they would like to receive coaching for, 65% of respondents are interested in finding a better balance between work and personal life. This is closely followed by 64% hoping to earn a higher income, and 43% wanting to advance their careers with their current employers.

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