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

Nine in 10 global employees, or 91%, 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%) as compared to the global average, according to the Randstad Workmonitor Report for the third quarter of this year released on Monday (Nov 27).

In the region, Hong Kong (91%) and Malaysia (96%) 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%) and curriculum (39%) in order to stay competitive.

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

In Singapore, employees said they are more inclined to sign up for curriculum courses (45%) and attend online courses (35%) 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.

“Keeping my skills & competencies up to date is my own responsibility (%)”
Randstad Workmonitor Q3 2017