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Below is data released by Monster Employment Index, which provide insights on the job market for banking and finance. At the moment, the market doesn’t look good for job-seekers wishing to enter the financial sector, especially in global wealth hub like Singapore. 

Launched in May 2015, with data collected since January 2011, the Monster Employment Index is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis of online job posting activity conducted by Monster India. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of online career outlets, including Monster.com, the Monster Employment Index presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide. 

Southeast Asia, October 5, 2015 – As economic conditions continue to falter, online recruitment activities across Southeast Asia’s Banking and Finance sectors are registering weak growths.

This is according to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI), a monthly gauge of online job hiring activity by Monster.com, which records the industries and occupations that show the highest and lowest growth in recruitment activity in Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines.

Among the three markets surveyed, Singapore exhibited the weakest year-over-year growth in the BFSI sector, at -13% between August 2014 and August 2015. This is a further dip from July’s -9%.

Both Malaysia and the Philippines witnessed positive year-over-year growth in the BFSI sector at 10% and 2% respectively, where the sector emerged as the top growth industry in Malaysia. Between July and August 2015, the Philippines registered the most notable growth in the SEA region, as annual growth improved from -8% to 2%.

 

BFSI Industry:

Month Market 2014 2015 % Growth Y-o-Y
May Singapore 126 122 -3%
Malaysia 100 116 16
Philippines 118 91 -22%
   
June Singapore 129 120 -7%
Malaysia 100 105 5%
Philippines 101 91 -10%
 
July Singapore 134 122 -9%
Malaysia 99 111 12%
Philippines 106 97 -8%
 
August Singapore 134 116 -13%
Malaysia 88 97 10%
Philippines 104 106 2%

 

Finance & Accounts Roles:

Month Market 2014 2015 % Growth Y-o-Y
May Singapore 110 106 -4%
Malaysia 107 104 -3%
Philippines 111 90  -19%
   
June Singapore 113 101 -11%
Malaysia 98 97 -1%
Philippines 92 89 -3%
 
July Singapore 117 104 -11%
Malaysia 95 95 0%
Philippines 103 91 -12%
 
August Singapore 113 98 -13%
Malaysia 88 91 3%
Philippines 106  96 -9%

E-recruitment trends for Finance and Accounts professionals show negative annual growth for all markets except Malaysia. Jobs in the Philippines have dropped -9% year-on-year, while roles in Singapore experienced the biggest decline at -13%.

“While we are experiencing an overall slowdown in hiring across the region within the BFSI sector, Malaysia and the Philippines are emerging ahead of markets such as Singapore, as international brands continue to explore their options in both countries. This is resulting in a rise in demand for professionals with niche skills, especially within governance and compliance,” said Sanjay Modi, Managing Director, Monster.com (India, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong).

“In Singapore, cost considerations are still playing a part in the overall downsizing of the industry. We do expect this to pick up again slowly in the coming year, however the short-term reality is stagnant headcounts and limited hiring activity in the sector.”

The Monster Employment Index is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career websites and online job listings across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.

See below for countrywide trends across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines:

Singapore Highlights

  • The MEI registered a decline of -10% year-over-year in August 2015, a slight decline from July’s -8% year-over-year growth.
  • The Healthcare industry reported the least decline at -3% year-on-year, while the Government/PSU/Defence sector continues to see the greatest decline at -22%.
  • Healthcare roles performed best with 6% growth, Hospitality & Travel still register the steepest fall at -21% year-over-year.
Top Growth Industries
Year-over-year Growth  Aug

14

Aug

15

% Growth

Y-o-Y

Health Care 112 109 -3%
Education 96 92 -4%
Import/Export 88 84 -5%
Engineering, Construction and Real Estate 98 93 -5%
Production/Manufacturing, Automotive and Ancillary 105 95 -10%
Lowest Growth Industries
Year-over-year Growth Aug

14

Aug

15

% Growth

Y-o-Y

Shipping/Marine 104 92 -12%
BFSI 134 116 -13%
Consumer Goods/ FMCG, Food & Packaged Food , Home Appliance, Garments/ Textiles/ Leather, Gems & Jewellery 103 88 -15%
Hospitality 132 106 -20%
Government/ PSU/ Defence 104 81 -22%
Top Growth Occupations
Year-over-year Growth  Aug

14

Aug

15

% Growth

Y-o-Y

Health Care 107 113 6%
Legal 105 106 1%
Real Estate 124 121 -2%
Customer Service 120 112 -7%
Engineering /Production 102 92 -10%
Lowest Growth Occupations
Year-over-year Growth Aug

14

Aug

15

% Growth

Y-o-Y

Marketing & Communications 90 80 -11%
Sales & Business Development 114 101 -11%
HR & Admin 113 100 -12%
Finance & Accounts 113 98 -13%
Hospitality & Travel 125 99 -21%

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