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Excerpted from the Singapore Career Guide

The IT sector has been a strong contributor to Singapore’s economy. Singapore is the second most networked country in the world, according to the global Networked Readiness Index (NRI), which forms a part of the Global Information Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Singapore ranked first in areas such as the government’s prioritization of IT, government’s procurement of advanced technology products and the importance of IT to the government’s vision of the future.

Singapore's IT market is projected to grow 6 percent this year, according to Business Monitor International. Although that is a slower growth rate than last year, the total size of the domestic IT market is expected to increase from 6.4 billion this year to 9.6 billion USD in 2016, driven by a new government IT master plan and cloud computing deployments fuelled by Singapore's Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network roll-out.

Areas of Job Promise

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (http://www.mom.gov.sg) maintains a list of skills in demand. IT skills currently listed include programmer analysts, business processing outsourcing (BPO) managers, chief information officers, database/network and computer systems administrators, game producers and programmers, IT analysts/architects/consultants, software architects, software engineers, and systems analysts and systems designers.

Cloud computing: Demand remains high for cloud computing specialists. Hays reports the cloud computing trend is creating demand for virtualization candidates. With demand high, and candidates in short supply, Singaporean companies are willing to cover the costs of relocation and are offering additional benefits to top candidates.

Infrastructure: Hiring in infrastructure continues to rise. Hays reports strong demand for network engineers, system engineers, IT managers, system administrators and support candidates. A number of big companies are outsourcing their infrastructure to vendors, creating new positions ...more

Certifications and Education Requirements

Potential candidates for jobs in the IT industry include those who are skilled in computer operations, computer science, Internet technology, information systems, software engineering and electronics engineering. Many companies such as Microsoft, Oracle and Sun Microsystems have independent certification programs. In addition, the Singapore Computer Society (see below) offers several IT certification programs, including the National IT Skills Certification Programme, which was developed to establish quality standards in IT skills and give recognition to IT professionals and users in Singapore.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Singapore Computer Society (SCS)
Established in 1967, SCS is the largest IT professional body in Singapore with more than 26,000 members. It provides seminars and conferences, publications and access to a network of specialists. It has links and affiliations with other national and international IT organizations. This organization’s range of services includes a forum for interest group meetings, technically-focused events, special interest groups and technology/industry chapters for specific technical areas of IT. It offers regular technical and news publications (International Journal of Information Technology), discounts on publications and events organized by the society and an executive employment service for members. SCS also administers the National IT Skills Certification Programme that offers individuals a way to gain recognition and career development.

Singapore Computer Society
53/53A Neil Road
Singapore 088891
Tel: +65 6226 2567
Fax: +65 6226 2569
Email: scs.secretariat@scs.org.sg

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Singapore Guide.

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