Industry Insights

6,370 Job Openings available in Manufacturing sector, double from August!!

Posted on 1/12/2020 by Paula Formantes


This is a near-twofold increase from 3,200 job opportunities reported as at the end of August. In the Marine and Offshore sub-sector, there were 800 job openings as of mid-October, of which around 87 percent are jobs.

Most of these job openings are for Professionals, Managers, Executives, and Technicians (PMETs) in roles such as Process Automation Engineers, Design Engineers, and Automation Engineers.

Even before COVID-19, the Marine and Offshore sector had started diversifying into emerging areas. Now, there is a need to build up the sector’s capabilities in growing areas such as Liquefied Natural Gas and Offshore Wind Renewables.

Despite the downturn, Marine and Offshore sector companies are still hiring since the sector is aware of the need to retain workers with specialized skills for when the industry recovers.

What roles there are

Among the 10,400 job openings offered by the Manufacturing sector as a whole:

  • 4,540 jobs for PMETs and 1,830 for non-PMETs
  • 2,360 Company-hosted Traineeships and attachments for PMETs and 350 for non-PMETs
  • 1,190 Training roles for PMETs and 140 for non-PMETs

Within the Manufacturing sector, the Electronics, Precision Engineering, and Food Manufacturing sectors have the greatest number of available openings.

Top roles within these sub-sectors:

  • For PMETs- Manufacturing Engineering Technicians, Electronics Engineers, Software, Web and Multimedia Developers and Mechanical Engineers
  • For non-PMETs – Production Clerks, Welders, and Flame Cutters, and Machine-tool Setters-Operators

Of the 800 opportunities available in the Marine and Offshore sub-sector, most of the job roles are for PMETs. They include:

  • Process Automation Engineers
  • Engineers in Environmental Engineering
  • Design Engineers
  • Automation Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technicians

Job seekers in the Marine and Offshore sub-sector may also look to new growth areas to seize new opportunities during the economic slowdown.

These opportunities are in areas such as:

  • Liquefied natural gas, offshore wind, and sustainable energy-related projects
  • Advanced manufacturing capabilities to improve yard productivity
  • Niche cruise-ship building and refurbishment market

To work in these new areas, job seekers may pick up the following skills:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Green Shipping
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Big Data Analytics

The higher-value job roles available through the sector’s ongoing transformation efforts include Automation Engineers, Data Scientists, and Process Engineers.

How much the industry pays

MOM gave some details on the monthly salary range for the various job roles within the industry.

For PMET job roles in the electronics, Precision Engineering and Food Manufacturing sub-sectors, the pay range is as follows:

  • S$4,300 to S$6,000 for Electronic Engineers
  • S$3,500 to S$5,250 for Mechanical Engineers
  • S$3,500 to S$5,000 for Software, Web and Multimedia Developers
  • S$1,700 to S$2,750 for Manufacturing Engineering Technicians

For non-PMET job roles in the Electronics, Precision Engineering, and Food Manufacturing sub-sectors, the pay range is as follows:

  • S$1,950 to S$2,500 for Welders and Flame cutters
  • S$1,450 to S$2,050 for Machine-tool setter-operators
  • S$1,300 to S$1,650 for Production clerks

In the Marine and Offshore sub-sector, the pay range is:

  • S$3,550 to S$7,500 for Electrical Engineers
  • S$3,750 to S$6,500 for Mechanical Engineers
  • S$2,300 to S$3,900 for Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • S$2,000 to S$3,725 for Manufacturing Engineering Technicians

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