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Singapore – Most business leaders say it will be challenging to train staff on new technology: Robert Half

12 September 2019

The majority, or 93%, of business leaders in Singapore, say it will be challenging to train staff on new technology, according to research from Robert Half.

Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard, Managing Director of Robert Half Singapore, commented, “The rate of Singapore’s digital transformation initiatives is faster than that of their global peers. While this will be of great benefit to Singapore in the long term, cementing their position as a competitive digital leader globally, our research suggests that it may have outpaced the workforces ability to adapt to the new technologies which places additional pressure on individual organisations to bridge this skills gap in the short term.”

The research shows that the three most significant barriers Singaporean leaders face to adapting their team to new technologies are difficulty integrating with legacy systems and processes (39%), the effort or cost to implement new technologies being greater than the benefits (38%), and a belief that the technologies are unproven (36%).

Robert Half’s research also showed that more than nine out of ten, or 92%, of Singaporean business leaders, believe it is challenging to source professionals skilled in the new technologies their company will be implementing.

Further research also showed that most, or 73%, of business leaders had increased staff training budgets.

Meanwhile, 17% of Singapore bosses say they are not confident their organisations have the right leadership team to implement digital change. The top reasons why many Singaporean bosses aren’t convinced their organisations have the right leadership to implement digital change include lack of management support or interest (55%), lack of change management experience (47%) and lack of communication and technical know-how (39%).

According to Robert Half, to build more agile workforces that are responsive to the benefits of new technology, Singaporean business leaders are endorsing a flexible staffing model which includes a mix of permanent employees alongside interim and contract professionals who provide support and specialised skills on an as-needed basis. The majority, or 81%, of Singaporean business leaders, agree that a combined staffing model is the most successful structure to implement a digital transformation, compared to only 69% of their global peers.

“Flexible staffing allows Singaporean companies to quickly onboard the most suitable contacting talent to manage critical projects and share their skills with existing teams. In tandem with a robust professional development program, this can support company goals to build the skilled workforce needed to maximise the opportunities offered by evolving technologies,” Imbert-Bouchard said.

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