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Most bosses here upbeat or neutral on headcount: Poll

But Singapore has region's highest levels of employee burnout as workloads rise

Published on Oct 12, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Some 93.2 per cent of employers surveyed said they will raise or maintain headcount for the rest of the year. The most bullish sector was health care and life sciences, with 56.7 per cent of firms planning to hire more staff this quarter. -- ST FILE PHOTO

The good news is that the vast majority of bosses are either upbeat or neutral over staff numbers, but the bad news is that Singapore has the region's highest levels of employee burnout.

The findings come from a quarterly report on employment trends released on Thursday by global recruitment firm Hudson. For the report, a total of 426 Singapore employers were surveyed in August on their views for the October-December period.

An overwhelming 93.2 per cent of the employers surveyed said they would increase or maintain headcount for the rest of the year.

Some 35.9 per cent plan to add to headcount, while 57.3 per cent will maintain staffing. Only 6.8 per cent plan to make cuts.

 
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Background story

IT'S NOT ABOUT HOURS

It's about time that employers realise that longer working hours do not necessarily translate into greater productivity... For instance, France with its 35-hour work week has, ironically, one of the highest productivity rates in the industrialised world.

- UniSIM's School of Business senior lecturer Wilson Wong