The hardest jobs to fill were service and sales sector jobs – with 6 in 10 positions left unfilled for 6 months or more.
Employers say local workers are put off by “unattractive pay, long working hours, physically strenuous job nature and shift work”.
When it came to PMET jobs, only 2 in 10 positions were left unfilled over the same time period.
This comes as the MOM announced that 100 extra jobs went to Singaporeans last year, while 31,700 jobs went to foreign workers. That number falls to 15,800 after discounting foreigners working as maids or construction workers.
The worrying short-term trend shows that job vacancies are becoming lesser.
In September last year, the ratio of job vacancies and unemployed persons was 116 openings per 100 jobseekers.
In March 2015, this ratios was 143 jobs to 100 jobseekers.