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Front-line sales assistants top list of wanted workers

Published on Jan 28, 2014 7:52 AM
Cleaners working at the tray collection area at the foodcourt in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Sales assistants, waiters and cleaners were among the jobs with the most vacancies last year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 

Wanted: sales assistants, waiters and cleaners.

These three jobs were among those with the most vacancies last year, when overall openings grew nearly 10 per cent from 2012 amid a labour squeeze, according to yesterday's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) annual report on job vacancies.

Last September, which is representative of the year according to the report, there were 61,900 vacancies, up 9.7 per cent from that of a year ago. One in four positions, making up the largest share, was for service and sales workers. These include 3,510 openings for shop sales assistants, putting them at the top of the wanted list.

Waiters were also highly sought after, with 2,190 vacancies, while there were 2,010 cleaner positions in offices and other establishments available.

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