Coding Can Future-Proof Your Career

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As technological advancements continue to shape many industries, it is no surprise that employers are increasingly looking for employees with coding skills. Jobs that did not need coding skills in the past are now being disrupted by automation and technological tools, which has, in turn, increased the demand for workers who can code.

A report by NTUC LearningHub found that nearly a third of employers in Singapore (31%) said that a large proportion of job roles across departments within their company require basic and advanced coding skills. 

"In today's highly digitalized world, the ability to code is a critical skill even for non-tech employees as it will enable them to create value for their organizations. As companies increasingly adopt the use of low-code platforms, it is now possible for business users to develop applications, carry out data analysis, create machine learning models, and automate tasks. This results in employers looking for individuals with coding skills to utilize this technology. Additionally, by learning how to code, employees are able to communicate more effectively with technical teams and gain a greater understanding of technology, which increases efficiency for companies when it comes to implementing digitization initiatives," said NTUC LearningHub's director of Infocomm technology, Anthony Chew.

More than four in five (84%) employers in Singapore say that there is an increasing need for employees across various job roles and departments to have basic coding skills and knowledge. These skills include learning how to write simple codes, understanding coding concepts and structure, and troubleshooting issues. 

More than half of employers (53%) say that job roles requiring basic coding skills or tech-lite jobs are growing. In addition, two in five employers (41%) say that the number of jobs requiring advanced coding skills is also increasing.

"With the power to help companies operate more strategically and maximize their teams' potential, low code automation stands at the forefront of software development. Low code platforms are ushering in the future of work — one that's democratic, efficient, and automated. Adoption of low code tools increases business output and extends the practice of software development to less technically inclined individuals. Not only does it take the responsibility of developing lower-level applications from IT teams, but it also empowers employees who already desire the opportunity to work more with automation. The automated enterprise is an empowered one, and low code is the key to unlocking it," said Wen-Ming Wong, vice president and managing director for South-East Asia at UiPath.

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