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Singapore’s fresh hires demanding higher salaries

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Entry-level job candidates from industries that are future-focused, expect much higher salaries than their counterparts in the country’s traditional sectors

The latest data came from prominent job portal

During 2017, entry-level candidates from the science and engineering sectors had experienced the highest salary increases, as compared to 2016, according to the data.

HR can also expect to pay the highest for candidates in the computing and IT, engineering, and building and construction industries.

However, although traditional sectors like accounting and finance saw a drastic decrease in their starting salaries, they still continue to see the highest demand from employers, with 36% jump in job postings on

According to the website, the top 10 starting salaries were : IT ($2,775), building and construction ($2,738), engineering ($2,598), science ($2,587) and finally, sales and marketing ( $2,535).

Starting salaries for entry-level HR professionals on the other hand, were a little lower. On an average, candidates could expect about $2,300. This figure marks it slightly higher than the previous year’s $2,333. This is based on an annual salary guide by recruiting specialists Kelly services.

The salaries overall varied depending on the nature of the job. HR assistant/ officers were paid amounts ranging from $1,900 to $3,600. L&D administrators were paid anything from $2,200 to $2,800. Training coordinators finally, were paid salaries ranging from $2,500 to $3,500.


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