A Personal Opinion: 2017 Trends in Infocomm Jobs Posting on Careers@Gov

Foreword

  • All opinions expressed in this post are mine alone, and are not representative of any organization or group regardless of affiliation status
  • The work/effort done here are purely using my own resources and time (also explains the untimeliness of this post)
  • This is a hobby project. You would be ill-advised to make decisions/judgement based on any content/views in this post, whether written or implied

Introduction

With an increased focus on becoming a Smart Nation, the InfoComm Technology (ICT) sector in Singapore experienced more support to bolster its workforce and technical skills. There has been renewed efforts to equip Singaporeans with the right technical skills that are both relevant and future-proof, as well as build strategic partnerships in critical sectors, such as banking, healthcare, and research.

Several notable examples are:

However, I am curious of the skills in demand for infocomm jobs within the Civil Service. In my own personal capability, I set forth to analyze and summarize my observations of the trends within infocomm job postings on Careers@Gov. Specifically under the “InfoComm, Technology, New Media Communications” category from March 2017 for a period of one year.

To clarify, the trends below are based on 1,860 unique job postings across 86 different ministries and agencies.

Job Trends Analysis

  • General Numbers
    • Of the 1,860 unique job postings, there were 1,339 Permanent positions, 431 Contract positions, 51 Temporary positions, and 39 Internships
  • Application Period
    • The average application period (between posting and closing dates) was 49 days, with the longest being 382 days, and shortest being 6 days
    • The most repeated job posting was for a Lead / Senior Application Consultant position with the Central Provident Fund Board. There were 12 re-posts after the original posting
      • Personal Thoughts: There are three possible explanations: 1) this job is/was unfulfilled, 2) there is high churn for this position, or 3) there exist a high demand for similar positions across the organization
  • Types of Designation
    • The most sought after types was the “Manager” designation, making up 32.5% of all postings (this includes the various levels like Senior Manager)
    • The least sought after was the “Consultant” designation, comprising of only 4.7% (this includes the various levels like Associate Consultant)
2017 Infocomm Job Postings on Careers@Gov - Distribution of Job Designations
Distribution of Job Designations (click for full size)
  • Organizational Trends
    • The following top 5 hiring organizations contributed to 43.8% of all job postings during this period:
      • Info-communications Media Development Authority (272 postings),
      • Government Technology Agency (185 postings),
      • Ministry of Communications and Information (143 postings)
      • Central Provident Fund Board (119 postings), and
      • Ministry of Defence – DXO (95 postings)
2017 Infocomm Job Postings on Careers@Gov
Job Posting by Organization (click for full size)
  • Hiring Seasons
    • Across the period, the peak hiring seasons were Sept 2017 to Oct 2017, as well as January and March 2018. The slowest seasons were Nov 2017 to Dec 2017, and Feb 2018
2017 Infocomm Job Postings on Careers@Gov by Date
Job Postings by Date (click for full size)
  • Job Skills
    • Every sector has its own unique requirements for the same job position
    • By applying basic machine learning and NLP techniques, I was able to quickly extract the skills needed
    • The skills are presented in the tag cloud below:
Job Skills Tag Cloud (click for full size)
Job Skills Tag Cloud (click for full size) Credit: Tag cloud created using https://www.jasondavies.com/wordcloud/

Personal Opinions and Conclusion

While there are multiple opportunities/openings for software engineers – close to half of them exist in just a handful of organizations. This can be attributed to the fact that the nature of these organizations rely heavily on the use of technology in the course of their regular business operations.

It is interesting to note that the designation of “Manager” is the most common among jobs in the “InfoComm, Technology, New Media Communications” category. This may potentially correlate to the the scope and depth of technical work successful applicants are expected to do as part of their roles and responsibilities. However, a high level analysis like this will be insufficient to conclude any hypothesis.

Slow hiring seasons during Nov/Dec periods are possibly due to the end of year holiday/travel/festive mood, while spikes during the first quarter may be due to being recharged and optimistic on the new year’s outlook.

Last but not least, while the skills required by jobs within the “InfoComm, Technology, New Media Communications” category are very diverse, those that have higher demand (e.g. Microsoft Excel, JavaScript, and MS SQL) are usually covered in formal education programs.

As a parting note, please read the Foreword section at the top of this post again.

Thank you for reading all the way here – if you are interested to find out more, feel free to drop me a message via a comment, my blog’s contact page, or LinkedIn.

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