For many job seekers, the period after Chinese New Year is prime time to pick up the hunt for a dream role. Bonuses would have been given out and hiring managers will start recruiting at full force.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the general job market, certain sectors are set for exponential growth in 2017 and now is perhaps the right time to embark on a fresh start and rejuvenate careers. But which are the sectors with the highest growth in 2017?
In Singapore, they would be healthcare, technology and digital, according to our latest 2017 Asia Salary and Employment Outlook.
Within the healthcare and life sciences sector, biotech, pharmaceutical and diagnostics are areas that continue to see significant investment. Roles in quality assurance, engineering, production and compliance are likely to be in demand. In general, job seekers moving into a new role may expect salary increases of 8 to 12%.
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With financial technology being the current buzzword across most of Asia, IT generalists, mobile developers, front-end developers, Linux system administrators, cloud services specialists and DevOps engineers, among others, are expected to be in high demand.
In this market, job seekers moving between roles may receive increments of 10 to 15%. Junior specialists may receive a slightly lower rate of 8 to 12%.
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New marketing opportunities will be plentiful this year due to the digital sector’s strong growth, both within e-commerce and in traditional businesses looking to move online. Junior to mid-level candidates are expected to know how digital platforms operate and how to generate sales from social media. Those who have regional exposure and are adept at developing new businesses are being sought after.
Roles in digital marketing, corporate communications and strategic marketing will be in demand and job seekers moving between roles may receive a 10 to 12% increase.
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