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The first quarter of this year looks set to be a dynamic one for the local employment market, including those in the learning and development (L&D), auditing, and business development sectors.

According to the latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots report, most sectors will see a good mix of new and replacement roles, as the Southeast Asian job landscape “continues to move from strength to strength”.

“Once bonuses are awarded and new budgets are in place, vacancy activity will leap forward as candidates explore their options and employers recruit new and replacement talent,” Chris Mead, regional director for Hays in Singapore and Malaysia, said.

He added there will be a continued focus on recruiting Singaporeans for these roles, and they expect a surge in demand for temporary staff in the IT sector, “which is a major change as traditionally the use of flexible workforce strategies was relatively low in Singapore compared to international standards”.

However, Mead said employers may also be more critical of their hires this year, in order to minimise attrition levels.

Within the HR sector, the roles with the highest demand in Q1 2014 are in L&D, compensation and benefits, and HR generalists.

“Singapore’s human resources market is seeing steady demand for regional HRM’s within the oil and gas, logistics and manufacturing FMCG industries,” the report said. “A number of large companies in Singapore are further adding to vacancy activity by growing their presence across Southeast Asia.

“This is creating new opportunities for more robust and sturdy HR, compensation and benefits and learning and development professionals with specific industry experience to manage long-term strategies.”

Other roles identified as in-demand by Hays include:

– Tax professionals
– Internal auditors
– Regulatory reporting
– Private banking relationship managers
– Senior estimators and managers
– Site engineers
– Junior contact centre agents
– Telesales professionals
– Geotechnical engineers
– Structural managers
– IT business analysts and project managers
– Learning and development
– Security engineers
– Cloud architects
– Mobile developers
– Claims
– Legal counsel (infrastructure)
– Regulatory affairs
– Scientific affairs
– Office managers
– Senior project managers
– Design engineers and EPC project managers
– IT and technology procurement specialists
– Indirect category managers
– Senior facilities and operations managers
– Business development managers
– Supply planners and inventory managers

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