Updated: 01/27/2014 22:46

MOM Job vacancies report

MOM Job vacancies report

There were more job openings last year despite the tight labour market. 

The Manpower Ministry's Annual Job Vacancies report said that the number of job vacancies rose 9.7 per cent over the year. 

The report said as at September last year, there were about 61,900 positions left unfilled. 

Six in ten of the openings were vacant for less than six months.

While 4 in 10 remained unfilled beyond six months. 

One in four of job vacancies were for Service and Sales workers. 

Almost one in five were for Associate Professionals and technicians. 

There was also a demand for cleaners and labourers workers as well as professionals. 

They each accounted for more than one in 10 vacancies. 

The report also found that the proportion of openings hard to fill by locals remained unchanged from a year ago - at 66 per cent. 

This it said largely reflected the concentration of lower-skilled occupations among the hard-to-fill vacancies. 

Top reasons cited by employers who find it difficult to hire locals remained unattractive pay and physically strenuous jobs.

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