DBS to hire over 2,000 people in Singapore this year, committed to creating and protecting jobs amid pandemic

Recognising the key role it plays in society, DBS announced that notwithstanding the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is committed to hiring over 2,000 people in Singapore this year. Of this, more than 1,000 are new roles comprising a mix of apprenticeships for fresh graduates as well as more specialised roles for seasoned professionals. DBS’ annual internship programmes also continue unabated.

The announcement follows an earlier pledge by the bank that it will protect the livelihoods of its 12,000-strong workforce in Singapore. The bank has reassured staff that there will be no layoffs. All employees, including branch staff who are unable to perform their duties because of temporary branch closures amid Circuit Breaker restrictions, continue to remain on full pay. In addition,  employees facing a lull in work activity are encouraged to take the opportunity to upskill themselves through a comprehensive e-learning programme that DBS has in place. 

Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS said, “Covid-19 has been devastating not only to global health, but also to economies and jobs. Job seekers, including fresh graduates this year, are understandably anxious about the dearth of opportunities available as companies tighten their belts. While DBS is also prudent in our outlook, as a key employer in Singapore, it seemed right to us to not just continue with hiring for business-as-usual activities but also to actively create new jobs where we can, so as to help more people tide through this difficult period. In particular, we want to do our part to avoid having a ‘lost’ generation of young graduates in Singapore whose career prospects are jeopardised because they are unable to find jobs due to the pandemic.”

In line with DBS’ ongoing digitalisation efforts, among the new roles being created, more than one-third or over 360 jobs are for seasoned professionals in growth technology areas. They comprise more than 300 new jobs in the areas of UX/UI, data science, fraud detection compliance, as well as consumer and institutional banking technology. Additionally, DBS is looking to train and hire over 60 people in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, full stack development and data analytics through a range of specialised talent development programmes, namely the Technology in Finance Immersion Programme (TFIP) and the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) Mid-Career Advance, respectively. Both programmes aim to help seasoned professionals kickstart a technology career in financial services, with the TeSA Mid-Career Advance going a step further by reskilling those without a prior background in technology. 

In addition, DBS is also recruiting more than 700 young talent in the following areas:

Jaslyn Lee interned with DBS in 2019 as an undergraduate with the Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Business School, and was impressed with the bank’s work culture and commitment to driving sustainability. Wanting to launch her career with DBS, Jaslyn successfully applied for the bank’s Graduate Associate Programme, and will be joining DBS as a Graduate Associate later in the year after her graduation. “My peers and friends are all concerned about the current economic and hiring climate, so I’m thankful for the opportunity to build my career with DBS through their Graduate Associate Programme. I feel even more fortunate as DBS is a company I admire. I enjoyed my internship with DBS and was really inspired by the collaborative work environment and what the bank is doing on the sustainability front.”

Dawn Lum is currently a trainee in Full Stack Development at DBS. After 14 years as a systems analyst in the telecommunications industry, Dawn wanted to carve a career in new technology areas. The TFIP provided her with such an opportunity. “I’ve always been excited by how vibrant the technology scene in the banking and finance sector is, and wanted to be part of that story. I’m especially delighted to be able to upskill with DBS, with its strong digital DNA and community of technology experts. This gives me a credible foundation for launching a career as a technologist in the banking and finance sector, and I look forward to being able to continue contributing to DBS’ digital transformation journey.”

DBS will also continue to run its internship programmes as part of its commitment to nurturing future generations of banking talent, ensuring that students have the opportunity to put their academic skills to the test in a real-world work environment. DBS expects to offer over 400 internship opportunities in 2020.

Finally, the Bank will continue to hire judiciously for other roles across the bank. It expects to make around 1,000 such hires in Singapore this year. Since the Covid-19 outbreak in Singapore in February, DBS has already made close to 500 hires to fill roles in client advisory, data, digital, technology as well as risk and control.

Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker

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