Skills mismatch can lead to long-term joblessness: MTI

Bosses prize the right skills more than education level

The LinkedIn Opportunity Index, which measures how confident people are in pursuing career opportunities, ranks Singapore sixth out of nine Asia-Pacific economies.
The LinkedIn Opportunity Index, which measures how confident people are in pursuing career opportunities, ranks Singapore sixth out of nine Asia-Pacific economies.ST FILE PHOTO

Job-seekers risk becoming unemployed in the long term when they are rejected because they have the wrong skills, a study by the Ministry of Trade and Industry found.

A mismatch of skills - not a candidate's education level, industry type, experience or salary expectation - is also the biggest factor why applicants are turned down by potential employers during a job search.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2018, with the headline 'Skills mismatch can lead to long-term joblessness: MTI'. Subscribe