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91% of Hong Kong employees feel obligated to upgrade skillsets to remain competitive


The latest Randstad Workmonitor report (Q3 2017) revealed an increasingly competitive workforce across Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

Nine in 10 global employees say that it is a personal responsibility to keep up with the best practices through learning and development opportunities. This sentiment is similar in Singapore (83%), Malaysia (96%) and Hong Kong (91%).

Natellie Sun, Managing Director of Randstad Hong Kong noted, “In order to remain relevant and gain a competitive edge in today’s environment, employees are taking the initiative to sign up for more learning and development opportunities. The myriad of online courses offer employees with flexible options, making it easier for them to connect with experts around the world to deepen their knowledge.”

The minimum sample size per country is 400 interviews.


83% of employees in Singapore agree that it is a personal responsibility to diligently update their skills and competencies. This is 8% lower than the global average. They are more inclined to sign up for curriculum courses (45%) and attend online courses (35%) on their own.

Hong Kong

Identical to the global average, nine out of 10 employees in Hong Kong (91%) feel that that they have to pursue learning and development opportunities on their own. 49% of Hongkongers have taken a curriculum course in the last 12 months and 39% are willing to pay for a programme themselves.


A staggering 96% of Malaysian employees say that it is a personal responsibility to upgrade their skills and competencies. One in two employees (51%) had attended a seminar or conference paid for by their employers. At least one-third of employees are open to invest their own time and money in an online course (35%) and curriculum course (39%) to stay competitive.

“Keeping my skills & competencies up to date is my own responsibility (%)”

Global Singapore Hong Kong Malaysia
All 91 83 91 96
Men 91 84 89 94
Women 91 82 94 97
18 – 34 91 82 94 94
35 – 54 90 83 90 99


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