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Hunting for a job in tech? Over 50 public sector roles on offer under new initiative

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Hunting for a job in tech?  Over 50 public sector roles on offer under new initiative

SINGAPORE – At least 50 software engineering, product management and design jobs are on offer in the public sector to plug immediate manpower needs.

The tech vacancies come under Tech for Public Good, a new Government initiative to fill roles in the public sector, said Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo in a LinkedIn post on Thursday.

She added that tech workers in the public sector have been behind products such as the ParkingSG system that reduced the need for paper coupons that can be difficult to find; ScamShield, an app that protects users from scam calls; and the digital registration system for Covid-19 vaccination.

Mrs Teo wrote: “People have always been core to the success of Singapore, and in the area of ​​digitalisation, this is no exception… But there is room to do even more and do even better.”

The announcement comes amid a spate of retrenchments at big tech firms such as Meta, Twitter and Shopee.

Meta’s lay-offs are set to affect 11,000 workers internationally, or about 13 percent of the Facebook parent firm’s 87,000-strong global workforce. It is believed that at least 50 employees here are affected.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesperson for the Tech for Public Good initiative said that other in-demand roles in the public sector cover a range of technical disciplines, including data engineering, data science and cybersecurity.

The effort is led by Open Government Products (OGP) and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group.

“In OGP alone, we are actively hiring for over 50 positions in software engineering, product management and design,” the spokesperson added.

The initiative was launched due to the growing need for tech talent to address needs in the public service, she said, adding that this was not a response to the lay-offs in the industry.

The spokesperson said: “It is not about absorbing lay-offs, but rather getting the best people working on these critical problems.”

She added: “There are still many ways we can improve our citizens’ lives through tech, whether it’s healthcare, anti-scam technology or securing Singapore’s critical digital infrastructure.”

The Government will hold information sessions over the next few weeks on the new roles being offered. Those interested can register at go.gov.sg/buildforpublicgood

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