How Google, Grab & LiquidPay attract and recruit top tech talent

As the tech industry continues to grow and flourish, big companies like Google and start-ups alike are looking out for the latest, most promising talent out there. It’s important to remember that recruitment is not limited only to your country of operation, nor does it have to be a difficult task when you recruit top tech talent.

Companies like Google, Grab, and LiquidPay are great examples to work with and emulate. So how did they successfully recruit and attract top tech talent both in Singapore and abroad? Check out these quick case studies down below.

Case study 1: Google Singapore – From West to East

Google ventured out of Silicon Valley – the leading start-up and tech wonderland – in 2007. Their plan? To settle down in Singapore. The internet giant started out here with only 24 people.

11 years on, the organisation has expanded dramatically in size: Google Singapore now boasts an employee base of over a thousand people, and is the fastest-growing office within the APAC region. The senior management team is comprised of Singapore-based talent, and Google Singapore’s engineering team is on the path of growth as well.

Being at the centre of rapid digital and tech growth, Singapore was the perfect choice for Google’s expansion into Asia. Not only is Google Singapore providing more tech jobs, the organisation is also investing in young talent through programmes like Code in the Community. Underprivileged and less than well-to-do kids are given the chance to be trained into proficient engineers and tech professionals of the future. Google Singapore also partners with local SMEs and develops homegrown businesses through digitisation, such as bolstering a traditional TCM group via an effective YouTube campaign.

Case study 2: Grab – Empowering Indonesian talent

Grab has been carving paths out of Singapore and Malaysia in search of a wider global talent supply, starting off with launching its 6th R&D centre in Indonesia.

This move was made alongside the acquisition of Kudo’s headquarters, and Grab has since transformed the building into a knowledge-sharing platform for local tech communities in Indonesia. This partnership promises growth for Indonesia and its people: Grab is dedicated to committing resources into the research and development of consumer behaviour and data for continued growth.

Grab seeks to develop and invest in Indonesian start-ups in addition to building up an addition five million micro-entrepreneurs and engineering talent in Indonesia. Such a devoted investment will surely bolster the growth of Indonesia’s tech community, as well as attract hot talents to join in.

Case study 3: LiquidPay – Recruiting in Batam

LiquidPay is a Singapore e-payments technology start-up and over the past year or so, recruited and nurtured Indonesian talent in Batam as part of their regional expansion. Today, the team in Batam comprises about 20 engaged individuals, hard at work on cashless payment systems.

Why Batam, you may ask? Just survey the landscape there and you’d uncover the software houses popping up on the island, filled with diverse and affordable tech talent. Indonesia is bursting with well-educated engineers and professionals. LiquidPay is wisely leveraging this resource pool and growing along with its business as a result. The start-up will also be using Batam as a launchpad into Indonesia’s market. An inspired move indeed.





1. Expand and hire global talent

Google made the right choice in investing resources and time into Singapore’s tech community. Looking inward instead of outward, Google Singapore’s growth is all the indication you need to realise that hiring global talent is the way to go.

Google’s bold expansion from sunny America to even sunnier Singapore has paid off very well – and you can tell just by looking at their numbers. Likewise, Grab and LiquidPay’s expansion efforts into Indonesia and specifically Batam are succeeding greatly. Globalisation is here to stay!

2. Outsource to low-cost areas to recruit top tech talent

As you think about growing your company, consider outsourcing work to low-cost areas like Vietnam or Indonesia. Grab’s smooth acquisition of Kudo and launch of its R&D centre says it all: lower costs enable you to do more with your current pool of resources.

Outsourcing to low-cost areas doesn’t mean you’ll get low quality talents or work, either. Investing fully elsewhere promises great gains, especially if you’re investing into the people themselves. By reaching out and sharing information and knowledge, upskilling will do much for the local community you’re hiring from.

3. Actively recruit

This goes without saying: you need to hire smartly as well as actively when you want to recruit top tech talent. Leaving up job postings to decay and collect virtual dust will do you no good. Instead of posting and praying and hoping something happens, adopt a more proactive approach.

Actively hunt for candidates who are for hire, whether through LinkedIn or engaging recruitment partners to meet your staffing needs. If jobseekers are expected to go the extra mile to secure a new job, the same standard is required of you, as an employer. Good opportunities no longer just come to those who wait – good opportunities belong to those who seize it for themselves.

4. Offshore to Nongsa Digital Park, Batam and recruit top tech talent

These three companies have exhibited great boldness and wisdom in their recruitment and expansion efforts. There’s much to learn from their experiences and decisions, and we believe that recruiting top talent requires dedication and ambition like no other. These three key takeaways are thus worth remembering and acting upon when you recruit top tech talent yourself.

In that same vein, companies like yours can consider utilising offshore work to bolster growth and expansion efforts, especially in places like Nongsa Digital Park. LiquidPay had the right idea in mind when it started investing in Indonesian talent and allowing them to work and grow in the tech park, just an hour away from Singapore. The park is designed and intended to house technopreneurs and programmers, serving as a thriving community of fresh, passionate talent. There’s no reason why you can’t tap on that talent pool as well!

If you’re interested to recruit top tech talent and build your offshore tech team in Nongsa Digital Park, work with Glints Global today and ramp up your recruitment efforts.

Sophia Lee

I used to freelance exclusively for Glints - now I'm a content marketing intern working furiously in the backdrop. Talk to me about writing any time! (Or we could have a serious discussion about video games and e-sports... that's cool too.) Find me on Instagram (@pxtrx)!

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