70,000 jobs on offer – but which is the right one for you?

Oct 21, 2016 07.00PM |

by Suhaile Md

THE job market is tough. For a lot of people who are not sure where to find work, you can try the National Jobs Bank, which is getting a re-vamp of its own. The portal will soon evolve to become a “one-stop and non-stop” marketplace for employers and job-seekers – but exactly how this will happen is still a question.

Still, we thought it would be good to take a look at what’s on offer – since there are supposedly more than 60,000 available jobs at any given time. Currently, about 25,700 employers are registered on the portal, with around 180,000 job seekers registered. On average, the jobs bank receives about 7,000 job applications daily, according to figures released by the G.

Here’s what we found: There are over 70,000 vacancies on the Jobs bank. Postings by employers can have single or multiple vacancies. Overall, there were more than 24,800 job postings. These postings can be up for only a month.


The various job categories on the jobs bank homepage.
The various job categories on the jobs bank homepage. Image is a screenshot of the jobs bank homepage.

The jobs are broadly categorised into 41 groups, according to industries like manufacturing and hospitality, or into professions like engineering and accounting.

The information technology sector has the highest number of jobs with 5,762 posts. Followed by Engineering which has 3,758 posts. On the other end, the entertainment and legal sectors have the least number of jobs with 112 and 171 posts respectively.

We drilled deeper into the postings. We wanted to find out what the majority of employers in the Jobs Bank were offering in terms of employment type and salaries. Also, what qualifications were most sought after?



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First up, employment type. 

We used the website’s search function to look for jobs based on employment type only. Some employers are open to multiple types of working arrangements for the same role. A sales-person for example can choose to work either full-time, part-time or even on a contract basis.

An overwhelming majority of job postings were for full-time employees. Of the 24,000 plus postings, 19,915 were open to full-timers. 

The 1,189 posts on part-time roles tend to be administrative jobs, service crew and customer service oriented. Although there are some technical roles like graphic designing. 

Permanent jobs refer to both part-time and full-time. For instance, an administrative assistant who only needs to come into work twice a week could be considered a permanent part-time employee. We found 9,277 permanent positions but it’s not clear how many of these are full-time or part-time.

Sometimes employers only need staff for a specific period, six months for example, to clear a higher than usual volume of work. That’s when they hire contract staff. There were 5,498 such postings. 

The opportunities for temporary work, freelancing and flexi-work are far lesser with 519, 363, and 337 posts respectively. 



You can also search for jobs based on qualifications alone.

Of all the postings, 8,516 require a diploma. As for degrees, 11,965 of the posts require them. These two types of qualifications formed the bulk of the postings.

In contrast, 6,716 posts accept candidates who have less than diploma qualifications. Clearly, having at least a diploma or a degree goes a long way towards employability.

Going beyond a degree to get a post-graduate diploma, master’s or even a doctorate may not necessarily mean more jobs though. Just over 1,330 posts require post-graduate qualifications. That’s a small number compared to the 20,481 postings for diploma and degree holders.

Doctorates are required for research fellowships and a smattering of faculty positions at universities. Most fellowships pay between $4,000 and $5,000. Faculty positions pay considerably more.

Nanyang Technological University for instance, is looking for to fill an Associate Professorship at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Successful applicants can expect to be paid up to $17,000 a month.

There’s a wide salary range for those with a diploma or a degree depending on experience and job responsibility.

Most diploma holders can expect to make between $2,000 and $5,000. This can go close to $10,000 in some senior engineering roles if they have 15 years of relevant work experience. Graduates usually make between $3,000 and $6,000.

Managerial roles, which require at least eight years of experience, pay $8,000 to $10,000. Some senior roles, which tend to require 15 years of experience, pay upwards of $15,000 per month.

There’s an eclectic mix of roles that don’t require any formal qualifications: software developer, delivery drivers, masseuses and technicians for example. A software developer can earn about $8,000. But then again it’s a specialist skill, certified or not. The rest tend to be paid between $1,600 to $2,000.





Our third and last search was for postings based on salary range.

We found that an overwhelming majority of jobs pay below $10,000. So keeping the upper limit at $10,000, we divided it evenly into $2,000 ranges to compare the number of jobs that fall within each salary category.

Over 22,100 postings pay between $2,000 and $6,000. This is double the 10,993 posts that offer a salary between $6,000 and $10,000.

Not surprising since most employers are looking for diploma and degree graduates. The median income of a diploma holder is $2,500 and that of a degree holder stands at $3,300 according to graduate employment surveys. Furthermore, the number of management positions shrink the higher you climb the career ladder.

The highest salaries in the jobs bank are, as expected, at senior leadership roles. For example, an Asia-Pacific regional sales manager role pays $190,000 a year. Which is about $15,800 per month. You can even make up to $20,000 a month as a research engineer. Of course, such roles require relevant work experience.

On the other end of the pay scale are part-time roles that pay by the hour like events promoters and temporary administrative assistants. They tend to pay $7 to $12 by the hour. Over 4,000 job postings have no salary specified.


Featured image is a screenshot from National Jobs Bank homepage.

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