Online Hiring in Banking and Finance Sector Remains Slow in South East Asia

Below is data released by Monster Employment Index, which provide insights on the job market for banking and finance. At the moment, the market doesn’t look good for job-seekers wishing to enter the financial sector, especially in global wealth hub like Singapore. 

Launched in May 2015, with data collected since January 2011, the Monster Employment Index is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis of online job posting activity conducted by Monster India. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of online career outlets, including Monster.com, the Monster Employment Index presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide. 

Southeast Asia, October 5, 2015 – As economic conditions continue to falter, online recruitment activities across Southeast Asia’s Banking and Finance sectors are registering weak growths.

This is according to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI), a monthly gauge of online job hiring activity by Monster.com, which records the industries and occupations that show the highest and lowest growth in recruitment activity in Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines.

Among the three markets surveyed, Singapore exhibited the weakest year-over-year growth in the BFSI sector, at -13% between August 2014 and August 2015. This is a further dip from July’s -9%.

Both Malaysia and the Philippines witnessed positive year-over-year growth in the BFSI sector at 10% and 2% respectively, where the sector emerged as the top growth industry in Malaysia. Between July and August 2015, the Philippines registered the most notable growth in the SEA region, as annual growth improved from -8% to 2%.

 

BFSI Industry:

MonthMarket20142015% Growth Y-o-Y
MaySingapore126122-3%
Malaysia10011616
Philippines11891-22%
  
JuneSingapore129120-7%
Malaysia1001055%
Philippines10191-10%
 
JulySingapore134122-9%
Malaysia9911112%
Philippines10697-8%
 
AugustSingapore134116-13%
Malaysia889710%
Philippines1041062%

 

Finance & Accounts Roles:

MonthMarket20142015% Growth Y-o-Y
MaySingapore110106-4%
Malaysia107104-3%
Philippines11190 -19%
  
JuneSingapore113101-11%
Malaysia9897-1%
Philippines9289-3%
 
JulySingapore117104-11%
Malaysia95950%
Philippines10391-12%
 
AugustSingapore11398-13%
Malaysia88913%
Philippines106 96-9%

E-recruitment trends for Finance and Accounts professionals show negative annual growth for all markets except Malaysia. Jobs in the Philippines have dropped -9% year-on-year, while roles in Singapore experienced the biggest decline at -13%.

“While we are experiencing an overall slowdown in hiring across the region within the BFSI sector, Malaysia and the Philippines are emerging ahead of markets such as Singapore, as international brands continue to explore their options in both countries. This is resulting in a rise in demand for professionals with niche skills, especially within governance and compliance,” said Sanjay Modi, Managing Director, Monster.com (India, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong).

“In Singapore, cost considerations are still playing a part in the overall downsizing of the industry. We do expect this to pick up again slowly in the coming year, however the short-term reality is stagnant headcounts and limited hiring activity in the sector.”

The Monster Employment Index is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career websites and online job listings across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.

See below for countrywide trends across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines:

Singapore Highlights

  • The MEI registered a decline of -10% year-over-year in August 2015, a slight decline from July’s -8% year-over-year growth.
  • The Healthcare industry reported the least decline at -3% year-on-year, while the Government/PSU/Defence sector continues to see the greatest decline at -22%.
  • Healthcare roles performed best with 6% growth, Hospitality & Travel still register the steepest fall at -21% year-over-year.
Top Growth Industries
Year-over-year Growth Aug

14

Aug

15

% Growth

Y-o-Y

Health Care112109-3%
Education9692-4%
Import/Export8884-5%
Engineering, Construction and Real Estate9893-5%
Production/Manufacturing, Automotive and Ancillary10595-10%
Lowest Growth Industries
Year-over-year GrowthAug

14

Aug

15

% Growth

Y-o-Y

Shipping/Marine10492-12%
BFSI134116-13%
Consumer Goods/ FMCG, Food & Packaged Food , Home Appliance, Garments/ Textiles/ Leather, Gems & Jewellery10388-15%
Hospitality132106-20%
Government/ PSU/ Defence10481-22%
Top Growth Occupations
Year-over-year Growth Aug

14

Aug

15

% Growth

Y-o-Y

Health Care1071136%
Legal1051061%
Real Estate124121-2%
Customer Service120112-7%
Engineering /Production10292-10%
Lowest Growth Occupations
Year-over-year GrowthAug

14

Aug

15

% Growth

Y-o-Y

Marketing & Communications9080-11%
Sales & Business Development114101-11%
HR & Admin113100-12%
Finance & Accounts11398-13%
Hospitality & Travel12599-21%
Updated: August 9, 2017 — 2:43 pm

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