Most in-demand Singapore HR roles in 2018

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As Singapore faces a strong hiring outlook in 2018 based on MOM’s latest labor report, HR professionals will remain busy and continue to be in demand.

Some of the most in-demand roles for HR professionals include HR business partner, learning, and development manager, as well as talent acquisition manager, according to Kelly Services’ latest annual salary guide.

HR business partners are especially in the limelight as their salary cap sees an increase from 2017 – employers are offering individuals a range between $7,000 to $12,000 in 2018, a rise from last year’s cap of $10,000.

Overall, however, HR professionals can expect a similar salary range from 2017:

Regional HR director: $10,000 to $18,000
HR director: $8,500 to $10,000
L&D manager: $5,000 to $8,000
Talent acquisition manager: $6,000 to $8,000

Talent acquisition personnel continue to be a critical part of HR departments as tech talent becomes increasingly scarce across different industries, which may explain the slight increase in starting salary from $5,000 in 2017 to $6,000 in 2018.

Generally, as the pace of tech transformation picks up, Kelly Services advises HR professionals to continue to equip themselves with skills such as strategic workforce planning and data analytics to better support the organization’s strategic business aims.

The report adds that HR needs to keep up with digital disruption and leverage on opportunities to automate to help improve recruitment processes.

“Technology disruption continues to impact all sectors, affecting different sets of workers differently,” said Foo See Yang, managing director and country head at Kelly Services.

“Some groups will benefit as demand for their skills, in areas such as data analysis and digital capabilities rise, while others may be badly affected, as their jobs become increasingly redundant as their industries transform. They may need to reskill, upskill, or undergo a professional conversion programme to find new horizons.”