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Singapore Tech Hiring Trends in 2024

According to the Global Innovation Index 2020, a collaboration between WIPO, INSEAD, and Cornell University, Singapore ranks among the top ten nations globally for innovation, securing the 8th spot. Close behind is the Republic of Korea at number 10. With only two Asian nations making the prestigious top 10, Singapore has consistently been a prominent contender in GII rankings.

In today’s rapidly changing tech landscape, getting ahead of the curve is not just a strategic choice but a vital necessity. In 2024, the tech hiring scene in Singapore reveals a mix of challenges, prospects, and trends shaping the industry. Let’s explore the current dynamics of Singapore's tech job market.

1. Rise of AI & GenAI

Undoubtedly, one of the hottest topics gripping the tech industry today is artificial intelligence (AI) and its offspring, generative AI (GenAI). While AI and automation have been prevalent in various industries for more than a decade, their prominence has reached new heights, dominating media coverage, and sparking conversations across social platforms. As companies harness the power of AI to drive innovation and efficiency, tech professionals with expertise in machine learning, natural language processing, and data science are in high demand.

2. Work pass challenges

In Singapore, both employers and jobseekers struggle with the complexities of work passes, especially with the recent introduction of the points-based system – Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS). Meeting the evolving requirements of employment passes, alongside fulfilling the employment pass (EP) qualifying salary criteria, adds complexity to the hiring process. With anticipated increases in qualifying salaries, stakeholders must remain vigilant to ensure compliance while attracting top talent to the city state.

3. Tech sector resilience amidst transition

The tech sector, both globally and in Singapore, has navigated through shifting tides, occasionally encountering rounds of layoffs. Despite misconceptions about an oversupply of candidates flooding the job market, the reality paints a different picture. Amidst these changes, tech companies are still actively seeking skilled tech professionals to drive innovation and navigate through these transitions.

4. Embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I)

DE&I initiatives have become crucial for leading global companies. By focusing on diversity in hiring, organisations aim to create inclusive workplaces that value individuality and benefit from diverse perspectives. In Singapore, companies are increasingly adopting DE&I as a core part of their talent acquisition strategies.

5. Era of hybrid work

The pandemic accelerated the shift towards hybrid work arrangements, and this trend is here to stay. Jobseekers now prioritise opportunities that offer flexibility in terms of work arrangements, blending remote and in-office work seamlessly. Companies must reimagine their workplace policies and technologies to accommodate the evolving needs of their workforce.

6. Anticipating job market recovery

Both employers and jobseekers are anticipating a market rebound akin to the past one to two years. Despite the prevailing optimism, the future trajectory of the job market remains shrouded in uncertainty. It is important for stakeholders to maintain flexibility and adaptability, prepared to adjust their strategies in response to emerging trends and economic cues.

Understanding the tech hiring scene in Singapore requires a nuanced grasp of emerging trends, regulatory frameworks, and evolving workforce preferences. To thrive in 2024 and beyond, employers and jobseekers must remain informed about these dynamics and companies should focus on cultivating a culture of innovation and inclusivity. For further insights into Singapore's tech industry, download Ambition’s Market Insights 2024 report or reach out to me directly at

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