Singapore ICT professionals should upgrade skills

Additional skills required to compete in the fast-paced ICT sector, says SCS survey.

By Anuradha Shukla
July 26, 2016

Fifty-one percent  of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals in Singapore want to upgrade skills to compete in the fast-paced ICT sector.

The Singapore Computer Society's (SCS) annual Infocomm Media Industry Survey indicates that 37 percent of respondents aged 36 - 50 years old feel the greatest need to equip themselves with such skills.

Respondents aged 50 and above (30 percent) and respondents aged 21- 35 (28 percent)) felt this need.

Local ICT professionals said that both technical areas such as data analytics (29 percent), and people and project management skills (39 percent) can further support their career development.

"Key emerging areas such as data analytics and cybersecurity are just some of the skills in which IT professionals can seek to be proficient even as companies invest in such technologies for the long term," said Howie Lau, president of Singapore Computer Society.


Skills for success
Security engineering and management (14 percent), requirement gathering and process design (10 percent), and infrastructure architecture and support (10%) are the other technical skills that respondents feel are crucial for their success.

Respondents also cited IT business development (15 percent), information management (14 percent), and green management (8 percent) as skills required to remain competitive in the ICT driven economy.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said that their organisations are doing a good to great job in helping ICT professionals upgrade their skills. 

More than 70 percent of respondents are willing to spend up to US$1,475 of their own money annually to upgrade their skills and knowledge.

"It's heartening to note that many technology workers already recognise this need to evolve with the changing demands of businesses and society. They are serious and even willing to put their money where their mouth is to attain the relevant certifications," said Lau.