Companies looking to hire mature PMETs but only for contract jobs, survey

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A survey by Michael Page, a leading professional recruitment consultancy, revealed that 44% of employers in Singapore said they would be increasing their company headcount. 60% of companies said that they were looking for mid-level employees to make a quick impact. Most of these companies however are prepared only to make contract job offers for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMET) they plan to recruit.

The Michael Page Salary and Employment Outlook said that most contract jobs are available in operations, technology, financial services and business support / administration positions.

In terms of hiring intentions,  surveyed across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore for the 2017  ; while 49% said they would maintain their current headcount. Mid-level employees appear to be the most sought-after by companies (60%), as companies look to hire individuals who can make a quick impact. Conversely, we expect to see lower levels on new graduate hiring.

The survey further revealed that salary increases are expected to remain modest and that new graduate hirings will be low.  discerning candidates.