New government office for digital industry aims to create 10,000 new tech jobs including creative and business roles

SINGAPORE - An estimated 10,000 new tech-related jobs are expected in the private sector over the next three years, thanks to a new digital-focused government office set up to help companies digitise and keep up with the rapid pace of technology.

The Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) office, announced by the Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran on Wednesday (June 26), will be the "first stop" for companies to seek help in digital industry-related matters.

The streamlined approach will enable DISG to better understand companies needs, with a view to anchor global technology leaders, build local champions, and nurture future ready talent in Singapore.

Companies can work with this new office to secure talent and market access, build capabilities, and expand overseas.

The DISG has already begun its work, said the minister, pointing out that the office supported the establishment of tech company Grab's new headquarters here, which will house up to 3,000 employees.

Speaking at the opening of this year's Smart Nation Summit at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Mr Iswaran added: "There are several other similar projects in the DISG pipeline, which will also bring broader benefits for Singapore's digital ecosystem, including the creation of an estimated 10,000 new jobs over the next three years."

The new office is managed by the Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and brings together 45 existing officers from the three agencies.

In a joint statement, they said the 10,000 new technology sector jobs to be created will be the result of the DISG's efforts, including the creation of new policies and guiding government investments in areas such as data, talent, trade and digital infrastructure.

Said the agencies: "Beyond technology roles in engineering, software and product development, DISG expects that jobs in other functions, such as finance, human resources, innovation and business development, will also be created."

In order to prepare citizens for these new jobs, the DISG will work with IMDA, the industry and local education institutions to implement training programmes and on-the-job training.

Training will focus on areas like artificial intelligence, cyber security, data science, network engineering, software development, user experience design and product management.

The DISG will also seek to build up two aspects of the technology ecosystem: consumer technology and enterprise technology.

On the consumer technology front, it will assist companies to tap the growing Asian market to capture opportunities in areas such as ride-hailing, e-commerce, fintech and new media.

In enterprise technology, DISG will digitalise Singapore's economy to help companies build new solutions in areas such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, payments and cloud computing, and expand globally.

According to Mr Iswaran, the work of the DISG will be to create public-private partnerships by pooling together resources and share knowledge.

He said: "DISG aims to forge an innovative and multi-faceted public-private partnership model by sense-making global trends in technology, industry and policy, and tapping the combined resources and levers of government agencies overseeing industry development and regulations."

“DISG will seek to achieve our mission to establish Singapore as a global-Asia technology hub,” said Kiren Kumar, chief digital industry officer, DISG.