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Asia Pacific – Most employees feel responsibility to upgrade their own skills

27 November 2017

The majority of employees across Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia think that it is a personal responsibility to keep up with the best practices through learning and development opportunities, according to the latest Randstad Workmonitor.

The Q3 Workmonitor showed that 91% of employees felt it was their own responsibility to upgrade their own skills. Broken down by country, the data showed that 83% of employees in Singapore take the initiative to upgrade their skills despite the number of learning and development programmes available to them. This sentiment fared the lowest when compared to Hong Kong (91%) and Malaysia (96%).

In Singapore, when comparing different programme types, employees are more inclined to sign up for curriculum courses (45%) and attend online courses (35%) on their own.

“Employees in Singapore have access to many training programmes either provided by employers or from external channels such as SkillsFuture. Learning and development is a lifelong process, and we strongly encourage employees to actively look for interesting opportunities to stay competitive in today’s workforce,” Jaya Dass, Country Director of Randstad Singapore, said.

Meanwhile, nine out of ten employees in Hong Kong (91%) feel that they have to pursue learning and development opportunities on their own. Furthermore, 49% have taken a curriculum course in the last 12 months and 39% are willing to search and pay for a programme themselves.

In Malaysia, 96% of employees say that it is a personal responsibility to upgrade their skills and competencies. One in two employees (51%) had attended a seminar or conference paid for by their employers. At least one-third of employees are open to investing their own time and money in an online course (35%) and curriculum course (39%) to stay competitive.

The data broken down by region was as follows:

“Keeping my skills & competencies up to date is my own responsibility (%)”


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