SOUTHEAST ASIA, 29 January 2019 — Singapore and the Philippines concluded the year on a positive note with double-digit growth in demand for advertising and marketing executives in December, according to the data provided by the Monster Employment Index, released by today.

The Monster Employment Index (MEI) is a monthly gauge of online hiring activity across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, tracked by It comprises data of overall hiring activity in each country, as well as specific data in the marketing and advertising sector.

Leading Southeast Asia in terms of an increased appetite for marketing talent was Singapore at 15% year-on-year growth for December. Not far behind was the Philippines at 13% annual growth. However, the country had performed better during November, reporting a 21% annual growth for the same month. Singapore remained flat, recording 15% year-on- year growth for both November and December.

Malaysia on the other hand, was unable to muster up sufficient demand for marketing talent, reporting an 8% annual decline for the month of December.

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The Philippines displayed a sizeable increase in the availability of marketing and communication roles in December, clocking in 16% year-on-year growth. The same could not be said for Malaysia, who reported an annual decline of 4% in marketing roles for the month.

Singapore performed decently in terms of advertising roles, with 8% annual growth for December.


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“Marketers are looking to entice their consumers by exploring fresh and novel ways of reaching out to them. While social and digital marketing is still at the top of the priority list, there is an increasing number of brands experimenting with live events and event marketing in a bid to interact in a real-life, face-to-face setting. Fostering close relationships with customers has always been important to companies, and leveraging new marketing tools can help bring the two entities closer. As a result, brands are on the hunt for marketing executives who have the necessary skill-set to help them achieve this goal,” said Abhijeet Mukherjee, CEO of – APAC and Middle East.

“Marketing and advertising executives looking to get hired must be well-versed in all things tech and digital. Companies, on the other hand, must do their part to seek out and secure new talent with attractive offers and incentives.”


About the Monster Employment Index

Launched in May 2014 with data collected since January 2011, the Monster Employment Index is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis of online job posting activity in Singapore conducted by Monster Singapore. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of online career outlets, including Monster Singapore, the Monster Employment Index presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide. Monster has taken due care in compiling and processing the data available from various sources for Monster Employment Index, but does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or action / decision taken or for the results obtained from the use of such information.

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