In order to develop the design sector and to propel Singapore as an innovation-driven economy, it is important to ensure the continued and relevant development of design manpower here.
The National Design Industry and Manpower Study (NDIMS) was first launched in 2017 by the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) to understand and identify talent gaps and opportunities within the workforce. The objectives of the study were to conduct trend analysis, and manpower demand and supply analysis for the design and non-design sectors. As the second edition of the study, the NDIMS 2019/2020 seeks to achieve the same objectives with an expanded scope in coverage and analysis.
Insights gathered from this study were obtained from a variety of sources, such as qualitative and quantitative primary research, and data from the Singapore Department of Statistics. A total of 29 qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with design industry leaders, with surveys administered to 300 companies across design and non-design sectors. These insights will be used by Dsg to formulate appropriate recommendations on manpower strategies and policies.
The key findings from this report are:
- Design manpower is expected to expand over the next five years. Demand for designers will primarily be driven by opportunities in the non-design sectors.
- Growing demand for job roles in emerging design disciplines such as experience design.
- Transdisciplinary skills are increasingly critical for designers. COVID-19 has accelerated the need to possess transdisciplinary skills in both the immediate- and long-term.