Employers focus more on skills, experience than paper qualifications

Among job vacancies for PMETs last year, academic qualifications were not the main consideration for hiring for 52 per cent of the vacancies. PHOTO: ST FILE
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More employers are focusing on whether candidates for professional, manager, executive and technician (PMET) jobs have strengths such as relevant skills and work experience, instead of just paper qualifications.

Experts said this is because new roles being created often require domain expertise as well as soft skills such as problem-solving.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2019, with the headline Employers focus more on skills, experience than paper qualifications. Subscribe