FROM THE ED­I­TOR

Singapore Business Review - - FRONT PAGE - Tim Charl­ton

Our an­nual Salary Sur­vey re­vealed that only 22% of em­ploy­ees will ex­pe­ri­ence a pay hike this year, but the raise will be so small it’s al­most neg­li­gi­ble. Heftier pay­checks are on hold for most of Sin­ga­pore’s work­ers as em­ploy­ers brave a lack­lus­tre eco­nomic out­look this year. With a dearth in highly-skilled tal­ent amidst a can­di­date-sat­u­rated mar­ket, firms are tak­ing a more con­ser­va­tive ap­proach in in­creas­ing salaries, of­fer­ing bonuses, and tak­ing in fresh blood.

Mean­while, 2016 has been a rather bumpy year for Sin­ga­pore’s Ven­ture Cap­i­tal (VC) land­scape, but the un­cer­tain­ties, ex­perts say, may likely only be a small bump. Find out how Sin­ga­pore’s VC scene fared last year com­pared to the rest of the re­gion and be­yond, what in­dus­try will prove to be the “uni­corn” of Sin­ga­pore’s VC, and how the sec­tor will ride out the rest of 2017.

We also looked into the food de­liv­ery ser­vices sec­tor in Sin­ga­pore, and found out that there is an es­ti­mated $250m dis­patched to hun­gry din­ers’ homes ev­ery year. The mar­ket could grow up to $600m by 2021. We spoke to de­liv­ery gi­ants Food­panda and De­liv­eroo, and other mar­ket play­ers to find out how they are bat­tling for long-term sus­tain­abil­ity in the city state.

En­joy the is­sue!

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