4 in 5 Employees in Singapore Fear Impact of Digitalisation, Turn to Upskilling to Stay Competitive
in five (81%) employees are concerned about the impact of digitalisation on
jobs and roles in their industry.
employees (93%) agree there is a need to upskill to remain relevant in their
the other hand, employers say that the main impact of digitalisation on the
workforce are 'the need to reskill and upskill workers to meet new skill
demands' (57%), 'employees will spend less time in automated/ repetitive work'
(54%), and 'employees will have to take on hybrid roles/ roles that require a
mix of different skill sets' (54%).
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 January
2022 -As businesses
continue to accelerate digitalisation, four in five (81%) employees say that
they are concerned about the impact of digitalisation on jobs and roles in
their respective industries. Employees
reveal that their main concern about digitalisation at the workplace is the 'need to
learn new skills to stay relevant' (46%). This is followed by the fear of 'not
being able to adapt to new and complex skills' (40%) and 'being replaced due to
the lack of skills' (31%).
are some key findings from NTUC LearningHub's recently launched Emerging
Jobs and Skills Report. Over 650 working professionals from Singapore were
surveyed in December 2021, including employers and employees, to uncover a dual
perspective about the current job market, emerging jobs and skills, as well as
the training landscape.
employees (93%) opine that there is a need to upgrade their skills in order to keep
themselves relevant and competitive in their current role. The top three
reasons cited by employees for upskilling are to have 'better career
progression opportunities' (66%), 'better pay' (58%), and 'better match with existing
other hand, the employers surveyed say that the main impact of digitalisation
on the workforce is the need to reskill and upskill workers to meet new skill
demands (voted 57%). This is followed by 'employees will spend less time in
automated/ repetitive work' (54%), and 'employees will have to take on hybrid
roles, that is, roles that require a mix of different skill sets' (54%).
on the findings, NTUC LearningHub's Director of Infocomm Technology, Anthony
Chew, says, "Although employees fear the effects of digitalisation on their
jobs, it is heartening that many see the importance in upskilling to remain
employable and competitive. However, instead of fearing digitalisation in the
new world order, we urge trainees to take advantage of digital transformation
to uplift their skillsets and employability. In fact, employers see
digitalisation as an opportunity to upgrade workforce competencies so that
their employees can work alongside digital solutions and free up their time for
higher-value work. All in all, workers who are able to adapt well with digital
transformation will be considered an asset to the organisations they work for,
regardless of which sector they are in, as digital skills today are easily
transferrable across job functions and sectors."
LearningHub is the leading Continuing Education and Training provider in
Singapore which aims to transform the lifelong employability of working people.
Since our corporatisation in 2004, we have been working with employers and
individual learners to provide learning solutions in areas such as Cloud,
Infocomm Technology, Healthcare, Employability & Literacy, Business
Excellence, Workplace Safety & Health, Security, Human Resources and
Foreign Worker Training.
date, NTUC LearningHub has helped over 25,000 organisations and achieved over
2.6 million training places across more than 500 courses with a pool of over 900
certified trainers. As a Total Learning Solutions provider to organisations, we
also forge partnerships and offer a wide range of relevant end-to-end training
solutions and work constantly to improve our training quality and delivery. In
2020, we had accelerated our foray into online learning with our Virtual Live
Classes and, through working with best-in-class partners such as IBM, DuPont
Sustainable Solutions and GO1, asynchronous online courses.