UOB expands gig work programme to incorporate girls with caregiving duties

UOB expands gig work programme to incorporate girls with caregiving duties

This was one of many key bulletins made at its annual Higher U Pageant, which additionally noticed the launch of its Group Know-how and Operations Academy, in addition to the rollout of a brand new set of assembly etiquettes.

Ladies with parental and caregiving duties trying to enter the workforce on a versatile foundation will now have the option to take action, because of UOB increasing the scope of its gig employment programme, referred to as ‘Gig+U’.

This transfer sees 200 job vacancies opening up for ladies in Singapore searching for flexi-work owing to familial duties, similar to mums of new child youngsters, girls who must shoulder aged caregiving duties at house, girls who wish to step by step return to full-time work after an prolonged profession break, and extra.

This was one of many landmark bulletins made on the Financial institution’s Higher U Pageant held on 26 October 2022, held at UOB Plaza in Singapore’s CBD, and attended by Human Assets On-line

UOB expands gig work programme to incorporate girls with caregiving duties

Dean Tong, Head, Group Human Assets, UOB (pictured above), mentioned on the initiative: “Ladies needs to be inspired, not penalised, for supporting the wants of their households whereas pursuing their careers. With the enlargement of our landmark Gig+U programme to incorporate girls with caregiving wants, they may not want to decide on between profession and household. UOB is proud to accomplice our feminine colleagues of their journey to attain steadiness between their careers and private lives, and excelling on each fronts.”

The programme, which sees a collaboration with profession portal [email protected], will supply full- and part-time jobs in addition to gig work in UOB’s numerous enterprise models. Positions provided embody frontline financial institution department operation and repair roles, in addition to these in company features and back-end operations similar to those in key progress areas like cloud engineering, anti-money laundering and Know Your Shopper (KYC).

Wee Ee Cheong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Government Officer, UOB, added: “We take a holistic strategy to caring for our folks, addressing pertinent points similar to work-life steadiness, inclusiveness and profession improvement. We’re introducing a extra balanced method of working in addition to extending our landmark Gig+U mannequin to girls with caregiving duties.”

Staff employed beneath Gig+U Ladies will obtain equal pay and revel in the identical advantages similar to depart entitlements and medical insurance coverage protection as their friends with related roles within the Financial institution, topic to their employment standing. As well as, earlier than new hires are onboarded, they may embark on a programme with [email protected] that prepares them for his or her return to work.

To cater for the caregiving duties of those girls, positions beneath Gig+U Ladies have a flexi-hours part in-built, the place working hours may be adjusted primarily based on wants. Because of this girls can take up everlasting half-day working preparations, work full- or part-time primarily based on hours of their selecting, and even do project-based gig work.

Ladies fascinated by making use of for positions beneath Gig+U Ladies can view the complete record of job openings right here.


The programme was launched within the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Financial Insurance policies Heng Swee Keat (pictured above). Additionally introduced was the launch of a brand new in-house studying academy, referred to as Group Know-how and Operations Academy (GTO)which is predicted to assist nurture tech expertise and foster a future-ready workforce.

The thought is to allow the Financial institution’s 5,000-strong know-how and operations workforce to be upskilled and authorized as a part of their studying journey. As well as, recent graduates and budding professionals can even apply for internship alternatives, in addition to programmes encompassing structured classroom classes and on-the-job coaching.

Susan Hwee, Head, Group Know-how and Operations, UOB, defined: “UOB GTO Academy will present the expansion platform for steady studying and improvement for our folks, and open doorways to roles in operations and technology-related fields, for each current employees and new joiners. We’re excited that GTO Academy will even present steady upskilling for our folks in GTO to develop their profession with UOB.”

One of many Academy’s programmes is the Know-how Improvement Programme (TDP), which includes a 12-month structured coaching for individuals in domains similar to cybersecurity, software program and IT infrastructure. It’s open to graduates holding science, know-how, engineering and arithmetic (STEM) basis, and in addition to non-STEM majors from universities, polytechnics and ITEs. Upon completion, individuals will obtain certifications of their areas of experience similar to DevOps, Oracle Licensed JAVA programmer and ITIL certificates.

Accounting graduate Ong Han Sheng, 25, who has switched programs to pursue a profession in cybersecurity, has been a beneficiary of the Academy. At present dealing with entry administration, points monitoring and troubleshooting in addition to UAT testing for UOB’s cybersecurity platform, Ong mentioned: “For me, it has been fairly a satisfying journey up to now as a result of I actually benefit from the coaching construction. You be taught the foundational abilities first, then you definately get to use it for actual through the OJT.”

As well as, UOB GTO Academy is partnering Singapore Institute of Know-how (SIT) to develop its know-how and operations abilities by way of SIT’s Work Research Programme and Capstone Initiatives. Each events will collectively arrange an accelerator to help fintech training and innovation. 

UOB additionally inked three different MOUs: with the Singapore Institute of Administration (SIM), the Nationwide College of Singapore (NUS), and the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) to additional develop workers’ capabilities in technical experience in addition to tender abilities. The MOU with SIM will entail the Financial institution organising a company college with the assistance of SIM, the place management and different improvement programs shall be provided to workers. In the meantime, NUS will supply workshops and programs to upskill UOB workers in technical and enterprise competencies, in addition to in areas together with rising applied sciences, the way forward for banking, and environmental, social and governance (ESG).

In its work with IBF, the Financial institution will discover new reskilling and upskilling initiatives for workers, in addition to broaden on current ones. 


Lastly, to raised promote a balanced method of working, UOB has issued a set of assembly etiquette. These embody not scheduling conferences earlier than and after working hours, and on weekends; and discouraging organisers from involving too many individuals from the identical workforce in a gathering.

Per the Financial institution, the concept behind these tips is to “cut back the period of time workers spend in conferences, thereby growing their work effectivity and free(ing) up extra time for them to spend with their households and pursue their private pursuits”.

The assembly etiquettes are on high of current perks, similar to a two-day distant work association efficient 1 July 2022 in Singapore in addition to its abroad workplaces. The Financial institution additionally has a ‘Flexi-2’ programme, the place all workers are given an extra two hours off throughout a piece day each month to attend to non-public issues. Different perks embody a selection of staggered start-work occasions, reimbursements for medical screenings and TCM remedy, childcare and dependent care centre charges, and trip bills.

With a community of 500 workplaces in 19 international locations and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, UOB operates via its head workplace in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, in addition to branches and consultant workplaces throughout the area.


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