SINGAPORE - Job roles in the logistics sector are on the "move" with the adoption of Industry 4.0 technology solutions, with changes or displacement of positions expected in the next three to five years.
Of 56 positions studied in the Jobs Transformation Map (JTM) for the sector, about 54 per cent of job roles - which 36,000 workers account for - will experience at least a "medium degree of change" which will require job redesign or undergo displacement.
Overall, all job roles are expected to experience some level of change.
New roles such as data analysis and software development are beginning to emerge, and this trend is expected to accelerate.
These findings from the JTM for the logistics sector were outlined in the 28th Jobs Situation Report released on Friday (Nov 26).
Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said the changes to job roles in the logistics sector should make the work more fulfilling, and the emerging positions offer bright prospects.
He was speaking to the media on Friday at a virtual press conference after a visit to ST Logistics' facility in Clementi Loop.
"I encourage all employers to redesign jobs to increase the attractiveness and appeal of their roles to new and existing workers. This will also help to raise productivity and enable workers to deliver greater value for the business with more value-added tasks," Dr Tan said.
More than 86,000 workers are employed in the logistics sector here, based on 2019 data.
The JTM for the logistics sector is championed by the Economic Development Board and supported by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Enterprise Singapore, SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore.
The map was launched in June 2020. Similar maps have been launched for the wholesale trade, human resources and financial services sectors.
Eleven more JTMs are being developed to cover other sectors such as food manufacturing and construction to help guide businesses and workers in transformation efforts to seize new opportunities.
In the joint release on Friday, MOM and the four agencies highlighted several findings about the changes in job roles.
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