JobStreet.com has surveyed more than 1,200 Singaporeans to come up the annual Top 10 Companies Survey, as well as their first time releasing the top 5 Local Companies Singaporeans want to work for.
A) THE TOP 5 LOCAL COMPANIES:
1) SINGAPORE AIRLINES
Singapore Airlines is the world’s most awarded airline and has a worldwide reputation for its excellent customer care, service and expertise. They have a job rotation scheme, where you can look forward to job postings within your field of specialisation or across functional areas. Employees can also have benefits such as discounted travels, a free air ticket once per year, attractive leave, medical benefits and profit-sharing bonuses.
Justina Tan, Managing Director, people team mentioned that “Changi Airport Group focuses on offering opportunities for growth, meaningful work, as well as creating a sense of pride and belonging. We are committed to keep employees motivated and engaged.”
3) DBS BANK
Known for Euromoney’s world’s best digital bank and world’s best bank 2017 for Global Finance, what sets DBS Bank apart from the rest is its ability to empower its employees to have fulfilling careers. James Loo, Executive Director, Group HR, Talent Acquisition Group mentioned that “We want to create a great workplace where employees feel connected and valued, while progressing in their journey in DBS.” DBS Bank has also received many employer of choice awards including Aon Hewitt’s best employers in Asia 2016, Aon Hewitt’s Global Top Companies for Leaders 2014 and Gallup Great Workplace Award 2013 to 2015.
CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies that is headquartered and listed in Singapore. They focus on Singapore and China, and is expanding in other parts of Asia, with a global portfolio consisting of shopping malls, integrated developments, offices and many more. They offer graduates program and aims to engage, empower and enhance employees through strategic, integrated development programmes.
5) SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING LTD
A global defence and engineering group that focuses on aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine. They aim to provide career development and learning through a structured on-boarding programme and a series of leadership and professional development programmes. They also reward their employees with competitive, performance-based compensation packages as well as a number of other benefits such as leave schemes, medical and dental benefits, etc.
B) TOP 10 COMPANIES 2017:
4) Singapore Airlines
7) Changi Airport Group
9) Procter & Gamble and DBS Bank
Companies are now putting extra efforts in developing and strengthening their human resource strategies. Some companies such as Facebook encourages flexible work location and work hours, some provide part time jobs as an option and some companies adopt the open office concept.
C) So what are the factors that affect Singaporean’s consideration when choosing a company?
1) Opportunities for career development and basic salary ranked the highest now. The second photo shows the priority changes from 2016 to 2017. Singaporeans now want their work to feel impactful and meaningful, therefore taking on more responsibilities. They want to be able to advance their careers throughout their life.
2) Calibre of management and leadership team: Employees look for strong leadership within the company. They want to be associated with reputable brands and work for management teams that can help them to soar higher in their careers.
3) Work environment and culture now dropped from first priority last year, to the third priority this year. Although still an important factor in employees consideration, priorities has now shifted to career development.
D) What companies are looking for?
Jobstreet.com shared some of their insights on 3 main things companies look for:
1) Outstanding CV and resume: Firstly, companies look for a CV that shows achievements, skill sets, experiences and it should stand out from other candidates. For fresh grads with no job experience, companies will then look at their attitude (refer to point 3).
2) Skill Sets: Companies now look for people with a broader skill set and a wider range of abilities, such as communication skills, problem solving skills and skills that you pick up outside of school.
3) Attitude: Companies also look for employees that has good attitude such as the ability to adapt to changes, commitment, enthusiasm, honesty etc.