Singaporean employees call for further tech training

by L&D31 Mar 2016
Singaporean employees are struggling to keep up with the latest technological developments and consequently desire further learning, according to the Randstad Q1 2016 Workmonitor report.
Indeed, 89% of Singapore’s respondents felt they needed additional digital training compared to the global average of just 69%. However, Singapore’s high reliance on new digital processes and tools could be the reason further training appeals to them.
The report also found 84% of employees believe the digitisation of the workplace has had a major impact on work, higher than the global average of 80%.
Moreover, eight out of ten respondents aged between 18 and 24 felt they needed digital training. Respondents aged between 35 and 44 seem to be particularly pressured by new tech developments, as 94% felt that they needed to stay up to date.
Singapore has become a "hotbed for technological adoption" with both large multinationals and small to medium sized businesses eager to utilise new technologies in all aspects of their businesses, said Daljit Sall, Associate Director, Randstad Technologies.
“With this rapid adoption of technology, job scopes for roles are becoming increasingly blurred as candidates are increasingly required to be able carry out digital work in addition to their more traditional work requirements. With the high demand for digital skills, Singapore’s employees are feeling the need for additional training, and our Q1 Workmonitor results clearly show this,” Sall was quoted as saying by SMBWorld Asia.
Even though technology has offered the workplace faster speeds, respondents felt strongly that rather than bringing colleagues and external work contacts closer to them, it has actually distanced them.
Indeed, the results found that 90% of respondents feel a face-to-face meeting is the ideal way to interact with someone.

It also showed that 62% Singapore’s employees felt that technology has decreased the number of personal interactions with colleagues, compared to 46% globally. In terms of interactions with external work contacts, 79% felt that face to face interactions dropped, in contrast to 60% globally.