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The coming year will be a busy one for recruiters, with organisations indicating plans to increase hiring activity after a slow 2016. Improving the speed and quality of hires amid a limited talent pool will be a key focus area Kelvin Ong


rom automobile makers and oil conglomerates to financial institutions and technology startups, 2016 has been a year of layoffs, and this trend does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. Just last month, several global organisations saw major changes – Volkswagen announced that it planned to cut 30,000 jobs globally by 2025; General Motors shed 2,000 workers from its US operations, the automobile manufacturer’s first round of layoffs since 2010; while Intel let go of most of the employees in its wearables group. In Singapore and Malaysia, the total number of retrenchments in 2016 is also on track to be higher than in 2015, according to official government estimates.

Optimistic hiring outlook But despite the worrying trend, employers in Southeast Asia are optimistic about their hiring outlook in 2017. Some 62% of the recruiters surveyed in LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends 2017 report said they would increase their hiring volume next year. Technology company Cognizant is one such company. Having ramped up

its hiring in 2016 – its global workforce strength is expected to have grown by 34,000 employees over the year – it plans to continue even further on this track because of aggressive expansion plans in the region. The company, which currently employs more than 1,500 professionals in Singapore, will continue to seek highly-skilled technology and business professionals to support its growing business demands globally. “Our pipeline continues to be strong, and we continue to hire in areas that require new or different skillsets to position us for evolving client demand,” says its Asia-Pacific Head Jayajyoti Sengupta. “We track hiring closely and manage headcount over the longer term to ensure that we have the appropriate workforce to meet evolving client demand.” Healthcare technology and consumer electronics company Philips is also looking to increase hiring, especially in emerging Southeast Asia markets, says Adele Png, Head of Talent Acquisition in Asia-Pacific. The healthcare arm will particularly continue to hire for sales and marketing roles, as well as after-sales support

“If you ask a recruiter what’s in a name, the most likely response would be ‘everything’.” Jayajyoti Sengupta, Head of Asia-Pacific, Cognizant






positions – which form the bulk of business operations. For beverage organisation The Coca Cola Company, there will be a bigger focus globally on beefing up “areas where we can get to know our customers better,” says Director of Global Executive Talent Acquisition, Irene Tan. She names strategic functions like marketing, and knowledge and insights in particular.

Optimising recruitment But with hiring volumes set to grow, employers will have to speed up their hiring processes, improve their quality of hires, and also broaden candidate pools, companies have shared with HRM Asia. The average hiring process today is typically made up of between two and three rounds of interview. It starts off with an aptitude or knowledge test, followed by interviews with line managers, then department heads, and finally HR. This process can be inefficient and costly for employers, and is plain

cumbersome for candidates A lengthy interview process can wear out even the best potential recruits, and employers risk losing out these high potentials to companies who are quicker to recognise their value. In 2010, organisations needed an average of 10 days to screen and hire new recruits. Today, 50% of hirers say they take one to two months, from the first contact being made with candidates to an offer contract being signed. One reason for the longer recruitment process is that employers would much rather take their time to screen candidates because the cost of bringing on the wrong person can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Three-quarters of employers responding to a Career Builder study said that they had first-hand experience of a “bad hire”, and that it can cost them nearly US$17,000 on average. The recruitment process is also taking longer than before because companies

Talent Acquisition trends 1. Talent acquisition has a prominent seat at the executive table Over 83% of talent leaders say talent is the number one priority in their organisation 2. Recruiters will be even busier in 2017 56% of leaders say that their team’s hiring volume will increase, and they are focusing on how long a new hire stays at the company as a key measure of success 3. Budgets go to traditional tactics, but branding tops investment wish list While nearly 70% of recruiting budget is spent on job boards, recruiting tools, and staffing agencies, talent leaders say employer branding is in need of more resources 4. Employer brands to focus on culture and career growth Over 80% of leaders acknowledge that employer branding has a significant impact on their ability to hire talent. 5. Diversity, screening automation, and data Automating the screening and hiring process in order to eliminate human bias and time limitations will shape the future of recruiting Source: LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends 2017 survey




are facing difficulty finding skilled talent, especially for technology-driven jobs, and especially here in Asia-Pacific. Png says that across the region, in both developed and developing markets, one recurring challenge is the lack of talent who can meet the requirements of the available jobs. There is also bad news on the macroeconomic level. The talent shortage, if not arrested, could prove to be detrimental for Southeast Asia’s five biggest economies of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and The Philippines, according to a study by JP Morgan in partnership with Singapore Management University.

Predictive tools So the key in 2017, for employers and external talent consultants alike, will be about finding a balance between optimising the recruitment process, and tapping new talent pools through creative ways to solve the talent crunch. To speed up the hiring process and improve the quality of hires, talent acquisition leaders say the solution will continue to lie in using analytical tools that can automate the selection process, remove human bias, and make precise human capital decisions. Cognizant, for example, has invested significantly in “heat maps” across its key markets, to understand skills availability according to geographies, and thereby predict optimal timelines for talent sourcing. “We are constantly looking at ways to optimise the hiring lifecycle and in doing so, continue to analyse past trends and map out talent availability by markets to reduce the lead time of recruitment,” says Sengupta. Philips is also employing an analytics platform called TalentNeuron, which provides comprehensive talent demand and supply information, predictive analytics, as well as real-time job market insights, based on data pulled from a range of online sources. Png says the tool is able to predict a market’s talent pool size and growth


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potential with a high level of accuracy. The derived insights allow her team to advise the company’s strategic functions about which markets have a limited talent pool and therefore require creative tactics to secure candidates. Using analytics tools also enables recruiters to define clear parameters about what qualifications the ideal candidates should possess, which can then be compared against potential candidates’ available data, says Gina Kuek, HR Manager at Tableau AsiaPacific. This allows decision-makers to make precise judgements on talent selection.

Getting faster The technology also helps to speed up the overall process. With user-friendly visual analytics platforms, recruiters and HR teams can manage these processes on their own, without relying on other experts to provide them with reports which they then need to make sense of. Thus, data analytics essentially allows recruiters and HR teams to make more data-backed, meaningful decisions, rather than basing talent-related decisions solely on human perception. In fact, with skilled talent being at the heart of business success, Kuek says talent analytics is one of the best ways that recruitment agencies and companies can leverage data. They can pair it with their usual processes to make more intelligent decisions for people and organisations

With differentiation from competitors named as the top concern for more than half of the recruiters in LinkedIn’s survey, companies also need to step up their sourcing efforts and investments in employer branding. “If you ask a recruiter what’s in a name, the most likely response would be, ‘everything’,” says Cognizant’s Sengupta. That’s because talent branding has become a key component in hiring, especially with the prevalence of “candidate markets”, where job seekers tend to only apply for jobs in companies that directly interest or appeal to them. These days, talent branding is no longer just about old-fashioned advertising, but has evolved into a complex web of advertising, social networks, employee word-of-mouth, and first-hand individual and group experiences with the company, says Sengupta. In 2017, Cognizant plans to use a variety of traditional and social media channels to promote its talent brand, with the aim of reaching out to as many active and passive job seekers as possible. Philips presently uses multiple channels to source for talent, depending on the market and corresponding behaviours required, and will continue to do so in the new year. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution,” says Png. “In some countries, we can’t use LinkedIn because that’s not what the talent there uses. So for these markets, the most suitable strategy is to use brick and mortar channels like exhibitions and universities.” It has become essential for companies to articulate their brand and employee value proposition through social media posts, blogs and marketing videos to make it intrinsically compelling for potential candidates to join them.

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companies are flexible and open-minded about candidate profiles, says Png. The nature of Philips’ healthcare technology business requires many project managers. But instead of seeking IT professionals exclusively, the business’ preferred choice of hires has traditionally been healthcare professionals who are equipped with project management skills. However, this further limits the talent pool that the company can hire from because as it stands, Singapore has only a small healthcare technology sector. Furthermore, new business ideas (such as the Telehealth programme, where nurses use diagnostics technology to manage the healthcare of patients remotely) often require a very specific type of skillset. “When we started this business (Telehealth), we couldn’t recruit anyone because they don’t exist in Singapore,” says Png. So this is where talent acquisition teams can advise the business on tapping into other talent pools like the IT sector, which traditionally also employs many project managers, Png says. Since project management is a transferable skill, new project managers only need to undergo a reasonable amount of in-house training to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to be fully prepared for the job. Coca Cola’s Tan says that expanding the profile of candidates cannot apply to technical job functions like manufacturing, where highly specialised, industry-specific skills are generally needed. But hiring outside the norm for strategic functions like marketing is an ongoing conversation at the beverage company, and an area the company is open to exploring further in the near future. “It is no longer going to be efficient for a marketing manager, as an example, to say that I have this one relevant skill set, and that is good enough. Now, your skills sets have to go beyond.”

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It has been a breakout year of sorts for learning and development in 2016, with the launch of several new and bold initiatives. HRM Asia explores what lies ahead in 2017 Sham Majid


016 has certainly been a momentous year in the Learning and Development (L&D) landscape. From the progressively-steady rollout of multiple programmes emanating from Singapore’s flagship SkillsFuture initiative, to the soft launch of the country’s National HR Certification Framework (NHRPCF) for HR professionals, the L&D sector is bustling with renewed vigour and purpose. But if 2016 is regarded as a watershed year in the L&D space, 2017 promises to be the year where the practice fully takes centre-stage in Singapore.

Self-direction Throughout 2016, a plethora of SkillsFuture initiatives have been unveiled across a myriad of industries in Singapore. The core goal of the SkillsFuture platform is to inculcate Singaporeans with the necessary skillsets, both technical and softer competencies, to ensure they are employable and are able to rise through the career ladder over the long term. However, unlike many previous initiatives which required L&D departments to hand-hold employees along the training journey, SkillsFuture is based on a concept of individual ownership. This means every single employee is responsible for their own career development for the length of their careers and beyond. With individuals able to plot their own training pathways, Dr Trevor Yu, Associate Professor of Strategy, Management, and Organisation, Nanyang Business School, says L&D will trend towards a more self-directed process. This means individuals will have more control over the planning of their

learning journey, as opposed to relying on prescribed employer-determined schedules. “L&D will be a less-structured but ongoing process,” Dr Yu says.

Integration is key While SkillsFuture enables individuals to be accountable for their own learning and development, this does not mean that organisations are completely shut out from the initiative. Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) president Kurt Wee has previously encouraged employees to partner with their firms to tap on the different programmes under the SkillsFuture umbrella and expand their learning. In particular, he emphasised that any company-supported training should be done “in conjunction with resource programmes”, including those under the SkillsFuture framework. Likewise, since SkillsFuture essentially places employees in charge of what and when they want to learn, Dr Yu says employers should aim to integrate their own L&D plans with the SkillsFuture

plans of their staff. “This may also be a good opportunity for employers to get a better understanding of employee preference for courses and development opportunities in general, so that learning journeys can be customised around the employee’s individual interests and schedule,” he says. With customisation and individual learning pathways being key foundational aspects underlying the SkillsFuture framework, it is more pertinent than ever for HR departments to further involve their employees in planning what to offer and scheduling when learning and development occurs.

Certifying HR One key L&D platform for HR professionals themselves is the NHRPCF, which is expected to be fully launched in the middle of 2017. The NHRPCF is a new national framework designed to distinguish key skillsets and competencies among HR practitioners. The NHRPCF will assess HR professionals in foundational and functional capabilities, as well as in mindsets and behaviours. It offers three levels of certification: certified HR professional, certified senior HR professional, and certified master HR professional. Participating professionals will need to

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undergo 150 hours of structured training before taking an assessment, which comprises of applying their skills and experience. Singapore’s Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say recently cited a study which showed that HR leaders and business leaders think Singapore’s HR professionals have yet to develop all of the skillsets needed to meet emerging demands. “Many are pre-occupied with performing transactional tasks, such as recruiting to fill vacant positions and ensuring payroll is paid on time,” he said. According to workforce Singapore, which is leading the scheme, there are approximately 43,000 HR professionals in Singapore. It is looking to rope in at least 5,000 to the certification framework over the first five years. One senior HR leader, who sat for the certified senior HR professional pilot assessment in late October, told HRM Asia she was asked to complete two papers comprising of practical and scenario-based questions, depicting potential real-life HR issues faced by organisations. She endorsed the assessment and strongly encouraged her HR peers to enrol for the certification when it is officially launched. With HR being the go-to department

for developing employee training roadmaps, it is somewhat refreshing to see a detailed career development pathway being formulated for HR itself.

Embracing mobile learning Simon Casuto, managing partner of eLearning Mind, which helps companies transform learning materials into eLearning experiences, says the shift towards mobile learning is poised to continue into 2017 and beyond. This stance is echoed by Deddi Tedjakumara, Executive Director of Prasetiya Mulya Executive Learning Institute, who refers to mobile learning

Moving up the ranks The National HR Professional Certification Framework (NHRPCF) is particularly aimed at ensuring HR is not confined to transactional duties, something James Foo, Head of Group HR, ABR Holdings, attests to. “HR is no longer an administration support function, but a key strategic business partner for business success,” he says. “Through the national HR certification framework, a more structured and competency based training system will be drawn to ensure that the different levels of HR practitioners will be trained and assessed.” According to Foo, the NHRPCF will ensure a complete HR route map will be recognised and accredited for HR professionals.



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About Unit4 Prosoft HRMS Prosoft HRMS has been serving the HR community in AsiaPacific companies across multiple industries since 1988. Its rich capabilities provide a fully-integrated solution covering core HR capabilities such as personnel management, payroll processes, leave management, attendance time management and claims management. Its regional focus allows for compliance in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Taiwan and Vietnam. Prosoft HRMS enables our clients to achieve optimum productivity and operational effectiveness through: • Current and future statutory compliance via a robust and transparent Payroll module • Flexibility in managing

work/shift patterns and attendance records via the Time and Attendance module, which caters for unlimited shift patterns, electronic overtime applications and approval, rule-setting for overtime allowances or benefits • Improved HR productivity with accurate reporting

About Unit4 Outsourcing Services Our Personnel, Leave, Claim and Payroll outsourcing services

- Approval set ups - Records administration

Our customer success Unit4 has over 500 successful implementations in Asia Pacific, with some clients having over a 10,000 headcount spread across the region. Clients such as SSTC Institute, SingEx, Golden Village, REC, Advanex and Bintai Kindeko have enabled us to have an in-depth understanding and knowledge of HR requirements.







WHY UNIT4? • Unit4 is ISO 9001 & ISO 27001-certified, demonstrating our commitment to provide reliable, secure and outstanding products and services to our clients • Our core local R&D team ensures fast updates to new regulatory requirements and enhancement requests, driving high customer satisfaction and retention

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delivered by industry experts complement each other and keep track of every employee’s wages, offering end-to-end support for your processes. Below are some of the outsourcing services which we provide on top of our-award winning HRMS solutions. • Payroll processing - Payroll computation - Statutory compliance - Bank submission • Leave/Claim management - Entitlement management




• Our strong integration network allows flexibility in integrating with various systems via text file interfaces, providing updated information between systems to centralise the employee records as well as export payroll information to the General Ledger (GL) of most financial systems • Our regional focus allows for multi-country HR management.

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HR Vendor




TIMES PAYHR , TP 8 Casual,

Software as a Service

E-Payroll, E-Leave, E-HR

Payroll Outsourcing

User Friendly

E-Payslip, E-Timesheet

Regular Updates

Web-based Solutions

E-Appraisal, E-Training

HRIS / GL Interface

E-Travel Request, E-Claim

Customizations &

E-Recruit, E-Casual Labour



More than 5000


Active Clients

Enabling true employee empowerment and HR automation

Reliable Customer Care & Technical Support

2006 - 2016



is the developer and distributor for TIMES products

10, Jalan Besar, #14-01, Sim Lim Tower, Singapore 208787. Web-site: For sales enquiry, please e-mail to or call (65) 6295 1998

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