New online portal will aggregate job and training data for PMETs looking for work

The office crowd in the Central Business District (CBD).
The office crowd in the Central Business District (CBD). ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - Professionals, managers, executives and technicians, a group which tends to be more vulnerable to layoffs and having trouble finding a new job, will be able to use a new portal to find job and training matches from Thursday (Nov 10).

The JobTech PMET portal, launched by three-year-old company Economic Development Innovations Singapore (EDIS), aggregates about 90 per cent of the total online job advertisements here, and can display jobs by location to help jobseekers find work closer to home, EDIS said.

Using data analytics, it also aims to provide users with insights into industry trends, top skills in demand and average wages for each industry at different levels of seniority.

The portal uses big data and artificial intelligence technology developed by the Business Analytics Group within the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Institute for Infocomm Research.

EDIS chairman Philip Yeo, who formerly chaired the Economic Development Board, said in a media statement: "In my discussions with retrenched PMETs in Singapore, they have requested assistance to identify job and training opportunities to help them re-enter the workforce and be productive again."

The free beta version of JobTech PMET is available at https://jobtech.edis.sg. The full version will be customised according to the needs of various government agencies which EDIS is in discussions with, such as the Workforce Singapore statutory board, said EDIS vice president for operations and strategy Charlotte Lim.

The company is also working with career coaches at the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) who can use the data from the portal to help job seekers.

Mr Gilbert Tan, e2i chief executive, said JobTech can complement its efforts in employability coaching, training advisory and job matching for PMETs.

"With rapid transformation in industries and skills requirements, the current employment landscape requires constant engagement with a wide network of partners to create new training and job matching solutions for Singaporeans."