Rising Career Opportunities in Singapore: In-Demand Industries for 2023

According to LinkedIn, Singapore is experiencing a growing demand for jobs that assist companies in digitizing and expanding during economic volatility. The latest data from LinkedIn’s Jobs on the Rise highlights a significant increase in hiring for growth specialists, technical positions, and healthcare professionals in Asia, indicating that these jobs are expected to continue growing throughout 2023.

It’s important to note that employers and clients have diverse needs, which can influence the demand for different types of jobs. Occupations in high demand offer excellent potential for career growth, better income, and job security compared to less popular jobs. Therefore, staying informed about these in-demand jobs can help you effectively plan your career and develop the necessary skill set to succeed in your desired field.


Despite the challenging macroeconomic conditions that led to waves of tech layoffs in Southeast Asia last year, such as those experienced by GoTo Group in Indonesia, Sea Group and Carousell in Singapore, the demand for tech workers remains strong. Experts predict that this year will serve as a transitional period for the tech industry, with a potential return to more normal hiring levels. Anchal Chhabria, a representative from LinkedIn, remains optimistic and states that the overall demand for tech workers remains robust, with individuals transitioning to new positions both within and across the industry.

User Experience (UX) Designer

National average salary: $5,194 per month

Primary duties: UX designers focus on improving the usability of systems, which may involve enhancing aesthetics and website navigation. They work in collaboration with UI designers to develop digital products that fulfill user needs while providing a pleasant and engaging experience.


National average salary: $2,569 per month

Primary duties: Customer service representatives play a crucial role in building and maintaining positive customer relationships. They achieve this by answering inquiries and providing guidance on various aspects of a company’s products or services. Many organizations prioritize hiring customer service representatives as they typically serve as the initial point of contact between the business and the customer. Responsibilities may include generating sales leads, answering phone calls, maintaining records of customer interactions, and adhering to communication guidelines and policies.


National average salary: $3,083 per month

Primary duties: Human resources specialists are experts in managing the human resources functions of a company. They may be responsible for maintaining employee records for performance reviews and can recruit, train, and provide support to employees.

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National average salary: $3,720 per month

Primary duties: Copywriters are skilled writing professionals who create content for various purposes, such as marketing or educational materials. They collaborate with marketing and public relations departments to develop effective marketing materials, and they meet with clients to understand and convey their brand voice and message to the target audience.


National average salary: $7,406 per month

Primary duties: Data scientists possess expertise in statistical programming and analytical skills to collect, analyze, and interpret large datasets. They utilize various data visualization techniques to present information and offer suggestions or develop solutions based on data analysis.

By keeping yourself informed about these in-demand industries and their associated jobs, you can strategically plan your career path and cultivate the necessary skills to excel in your chosen field.

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Discussing salary: The pros and cons of disclosing your earnings to coworkers

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You’ve just been hired for a new job.

You’re out for drinks with coworkers one day and the topic of salary comes up. You’re not sure how to approach the topic.

Sounds familiar?

In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of disclosing your salary among your colleagues. We will also provide some tips on how to handle the situation if you do choose to divulge this information.

The pros of disclosing your salary

First off, it can help break the ice and create a more open and candid working environment. It can also help build trust among colleagues, as they will know that you’ve nothing to hide.

Disclosing your salary can also help you learn more about what others are making, and whether or not you’re getting a fair deal. And finally, it can give you some leverage when it comes time to ask for a raise.

The cons of disclosing your salary

Let’s be honest—sharing your salary with your colleagues can be a little bit dangerous. You never know who might use that information against you.

For example, if you’re asking for a raise and your colleague knows how much you’re making, they might use that information to try and undercut you in salary negotiations.

You also run the risk of creating tension among your colleagues if you’re earning more than others. It can be demoralizing for your teammates to know that you’re making more, more so if it’s for similar positions.

What to do if you’re asked about your salary by a colleague
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Well, first of all, understand why they’re asking.

There could be a few reasons: they might be curious, they might want to get a sense of how much they could make if they switch jobs, or they might just be nosy.

No matter the reason, it’s not always easy to disclose your salary. You might feel like the company is undervaluing you since you’re not being paid enough. Or on the flip side, you could be satisfied with your salary and not want to divulge that information.

Ultimately, it’s up to you whether or not you want to share your salary with your colleagues. If you do decide to disclose your earnings, be prepared for possible backlash.

How to deal with feeling underpaid or disconnected from colleagues financially

Consider how you feel about your salary.

If you’re feeling underpaid or disconnected from your colleagues financially, then disclosing your salary could make you feel better.

It can be empowering to know that you’re earning more than someone else in the same role as you. But also mind the opposite if it’s true.

There are pros and cons to disclosing your salary to your co-workers. On the one hand, you may feel more comfortable knowing that everyone is on the same page. On the other hand, you may worry that others will judge you—or even try to take advantage of you—if they know how much money you make. Before disclosing your salary, weigh the pros and cons and decide if it’s right for you. If you do decide to disclose your salary, be sure to stay strong in the face of possible criticisms or judgments.


7 Financial Commandments for Your Thirties

Hitting your thirties signify that you are halfway to retirement. After establishing a financial foundation in your twenties, it is up to you to use the following decade of your life to build and protect your wealth.

Whether you want to purchase a flat or to travel the world, these seven financial commandments can help you stretch your dollar.


Throughout your childhood, your parents or teachers taught you to practice self-control. The sooner you learn the importance of delayed gratification, the better off you will be. Applying self-control makes it easier to stay on top of your finances.

Select consciously spending cash rather than swiping your credit cards. Credit cards are convenient, but you must pay your bills on tip to maintain a good credit score. Do you really want to pay interest on a pair of jeans or a box of cereal? Think about it.


Let us face it! You are not getting any younger. You need to sort out your health insurance, life insurance, and other policies. Considering a life insurance is prudent, especially if you have people depending on you.


Developing your skill set occurs in your twenties. In your thirties, you will need to apply these skills to increase your earnings. Start by researching potential career paths and identifying companies where you can fit in. If you have the resources, you can go back to school to further your studies. Alternatively, you can take free online courses to boost your career.

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The pandemic highlighted the importance of keeping an emergency fund. Having an emergency fund can help cushion the financial blow of unexpected events. If you started an emergency fund in your twenties, you followed the standard rule of keeping at least six months’ worth of your expenses.

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As your income increases in your thirties, you should also boost the balance in your emergency fund and take your family in consideration. Make it a habit to save money and to pay yourself first!


Stop spending your entire paycheck in less than a month! Live within your means and do your best to save a portion of your paycheck to propel your future. Gradually increase the amount you save while decreasing the amount from which you live off.

Use the 60-80% of your income to fulfill your needs and allocate the remaining 20-40% of it to your savings and investments. Transferring the money automatically to your savings ensures that you will not be tempted to use it.


Do you still think that you are invincible? Try waking up in your thirties after a night of heavy partying! Protect the people you love by writing a will. Without one, others will have the power to decide how to split up your estate and how to raise your children.


As you reach your thirties, you may find yourself in a place where you tend to compare your accomplishments to your peers. Scrolling through your feed can highlight the milestones that your friends have reached such as purchasing a flat or getting married. You can admire your neighbors’ new car or new job. However, you do not need to stretch your budget to keep up with them. Doing so will ruin your finances.

Focus on your financial goals, live within your means, increase your savings, and do your best to be content. Acknowledge your inner strengths and use it to succeed!

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Salary Guide 2019: This is what you should be paid in Singapore

Want to see how you compare amongst your peers, check out this salary guide by Kelly Services.

This guide is a comprehensive reference tool which provides an insight into the latest salary trends for various positions across industries in Singapore. The data presented in this guide is derived from the careful compilation and analysis of thousands of placements Kelly Services performs every year, supplemented by the expert market knowledge of senior recruitment professionals and meticulous industry market research.


Banking & Finance

Customer Service

Engineering & Technical

Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) & Retail

Healthcare & Life Sciences

Human Resources

Information Technology

Office Support

Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics

Sales & Marketing

Japan Desk


Download the full 2019 Singapore Salary Guide by clicking here now.


How To Avoid Spending All Your Paycheck Right Away

When you are working around the clock, the end of June signifies one important thing. And that is? Payday is fast approaching! You can either stretch every cent you receive or waste it all in one day. The choice is yours.

A particular story comes into my mind when I dwell upon this topic. You see, I decided to reward myself after receiving my paycheck for the month of May. Do not worry about finances just yet! I allocated 10-15% of my salary for leisure and relaxation purposes.

I waited until the next day to stroll in the nearby shopping centre to avoid the massive crowd. I chanced upon a relatively vacant fitting room with merely 5 people (including the staff). With no intention of eavesdropping, I listened to the playful exchange between the two saleswomen. I was trying several looks on and it took me a while to change into them. To my surprise, the playful exchange got really deep! One lady elaborated how she blew her salary right away. She loaned the money to her family member. Not to mention, she partied the other night with some friends. She was upset to be trapped in a financial dilemma. Who wouldn’t be?

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Yes! It is not nice to eavesdrop on someone even by accident (sorry about that), but her situation can enlighten you. It made me realize that some people are struggling to control their money after receiving it. If you are caught in this situation, here are some things that you can do to turn things around.


This may sound utterly obvious and totally uncool, but you need to craft a realistic budget and stick to it. Planning how you will spend your paycheck allows you to prioritize your bills and schedule other expenses. It lets you account for your hard-earned money. If you cannot establish a budget with a paper, you can always use a free budgeting app.

Weigh between your needs and wants. While it is cool to have the latest gadget in the market, it may not be necessary. Stick to your budget! Remember that it is better to own items than to owe them.


How many times have you heard the advice to “keep your priorities in place”? Do you follow it yourself? Keeping your priorities intact allows you to secure your financial future. One of my top priorities is growing my savings. I am gradually fulfilling this by accounting for every dollar I make.

Accounting for every dollar you earn takes budgeting to the next level! It assigns a label for every chunk you make. I found that “Envelope Budgeting” was helpful for this task. With envelope budgeting, I can easily allocate a specific percentage for my expense categories. It is alright to place a responsible amount for splurging. You deserve it!


Did you know that it is possible to sock away your income as soon as you get it? You can achieve this by automatically depositing your salary into your savings account. Award-winning finance journalist Jean Chatzky is an advocate of this. “Automating savings is the first thing everyone should do with their paychecks,” she said. She went on by saying that you cannot spend the money you do not see. I certainly agree! It is easier to save money without the tangible temptations.

In Singapore, there are institutions which allow you to automate your money such as the POSB eMySavings Account. This automatic monthly savings account allows you to keep S$50 to S$3,000 during each “savings date”. You are free to choose a schedule that works best for you.

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From building an emergency fund to gaining self-control, there are other ways to avoid spending all your paycheck immediately. You just have to be creative!

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