The Singapore labor market is moving towards pay and benefits as a major competitive battleground according to Lewis Garrad.
Mental health benefits, bonuses, flexible working policies, and more are some of the adjustments that companies in Singapore are making.
Some firms said improved benefits are part of broad talent retention efforts.
Flexible working policies, bonuses, mental health benefits, and salary adjustments are some of the things that companies in Singapore are doing.
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In a normal year, lawyers at one of Singapore’s top four local law firms could receive an annual increment of between 10% and 15%.
A person who used to work for the company told CNBC that employees would get a bigger increment this year.
There are other companies adjusting compensation packages in a hot labor market in Singapore.
In mid-2021, the bank increased salaries across the board, according to the lender. In May, the firm announced that it will spend 18.23 million Singapore dollars on salary increases.
The salary review was conducted to bring the remuneration in line with market levels.
Tech giants Microsoft and Amazon have said they will increase salaries.
Cynthia Ang, an executive director at Kerry consulting, said that companies are paying a premium to attract and retain workers because of the higher average increments this year.
Mental health support, bonuses, flexible working policies and others are some of the changes that companies in Singapore are making to their employee benefits.
The Singapore labor market is moving towards pay and benefits as a major competitive battleground, according to Lewis Garrad, a Singapore career business leader.
The number of companies that reviewed their benefits increased from 10% to 15%. The tight job market is one of the reasons for that.
The team that prepares the workforce for the future was given $1,000 worth of shares by the company, according to the head of the team. She said that the company gave workers credits to use for booking co-working spaces as part of a hybrid work initiative.
According to Daljit Sall, general manager of technology at the recruitment company, employees in Singapore can work from anywhere in the world for up to four weeks per year.
We are seeing a wide range of well-being benefits.
Cynthia Ang is from the area.
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The executive director is Kerry consulting.
An employee at a local media company who was not authorized to speak to the media said more people received promotions this year than in previous years.
Normally there is a cap on the numbers, but this time they seemed to try to promote most people who are deserving.
If a new hire stays at the company for at least one year, employees can receive two payouts of up to $5,000. The bonus used to be bigger.
Samian said that Finn Partners gives its employees four days of mental health leave, a $100 annual allowance for a wellness app subscription, and half day off every month.
Self-care days and no-meeting days are some of the benefits of a well-being plan.
The Great Resignation is a global trend and some companies said that the improved benefits are part of their talent retention efforts.
A senior staffer at the bank who was not authorized to speak to the media said that the bank adjusted salaries so that they didn’t lose out in the talent war in Singapore.
The head of human resources at the bank confirmed that the pay increases were made to ensure that employees are paid competitively.
An SPH Media Trust spokesman said it raised salaries to remain competitive.
The company’s remote work program helps to minimize push factors that make employees look for new jobs, according to Sall of Singapore.
Some companies didn’t explain the rationale for the change.
The legal professional told CNBC that the law firm simply said it was conducting a pay review.
He speculated that they may be trying to offer more attractive salaries to keep up with what in-house roles are offering, but he did not have evidence to support it.
Adrian Tan, president of the Law Society of Singapore, said in January that the legal industry saw a record 538 lawyers leave the profession in 2021.
The reviews of salaries and benefits take place against a backdrop of a competitive job market in Singapore, whether or not companies explain the reasons for conducting them.
Garrad said that the labor market was tight. He pointed out that Covid-19 made it difficult to get foreign workers to work in Singapore over the past two years.
According to official data, Singapore has not been hit hard by the Great Resignation, but it is likely that different industries are experiencing differing turnover rates and the average is hiding a lot of change.
Some segments of the workforce, such as life sciences and tech, have high demand for talent.
HR functions continue to predict increased competition for talent and therefore take action, he said.
One in five offers the company handles is now met with a significant counter offer from the candidate.
According to data from the Ministry of Manpower, the number of job vacancies in 2021 was at its highest in at least a decade, and more than a third of them remained unfilled for six months or longer.
According to government data, the resignation rate among management executives in Singapore reached a 10-year peak last year.
According to media reports, the Public Service Division in Singapore announced on Sunday that 23,000 workers would receive salary increases of between 5% and 14%.
How effective is the employee retention effort? Workers told CNBC that it depends on the situation.
The senior employee of the bank said that the pay adjustments helped stem the tide of Great Resignation.
Lee, head of group human resources at DBS, said that the voluntary attrition rates in 2021 were comparable to pre-pandemic levels and were either on par or lower than the market average in our core markets.
An employee at SPH Media Trust, who got a 20% pay rise, said she isn’t in a hurry to look for a new job now that her salary is higher She said that it did change the perspective a bit.
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Other factors still have an effect.
The lawyer who received a 40% increment left practice in search of better hours.
If he wants to advance his career, the employee at the local media company who observed more promotions in his firm will still look for a new role. He acknowledged that it would be more difficult to find a more attractive alternative.
Samian said that Finn Partners has seen an increase in employee referrals since the bonuses were increased.
Garrad said competing aggressively on pay may not be sustainable in the long run.
Financial incentives for all but mission critical roles are starting to be phased out.
As economic fears rise, things could take a turn.
He said that some are starting to look at hiring freezes as a way to prevent recession risk.
The economic cycle appears to be in the middle of an upswing where companies are still expanding and hiring, according to Ang.
She said that she believed in another six to twelve months.
Competing on a company’s culture is becoming more common.
Lewis Garrad is from the area.
Singapore’s career business leader is, Mercer.
The benefits introduced during the Covid pandemic may become the norm.
She said that companies that don’t provide flexible or hybrid work arrangements could lose workers.
There has been a growth in non-traditional benefits because they send a signal about the company’s culture.
He said that it is becoming more common to compete on company culture.
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