March 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm #4260
I’m looking to move to Singapore, I’ve worked within sales for 15 years and at present I’m at director level.
I’ve lived in Singapore before, back in 2002, and I’d like to move back.
Any help?March 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm #4263
A reply I’ve had for you.
The cost of living is very expensive, you need to ensure that you have a job that pays reasonably. There are a lot less glamorous “expat packages” around compared to 2002, and many westerners are employed on local salaries and having to pay the likes of housing and schooling out of this salary. Certain things like groceries and wine are expensive, even the most basic wine about £10-15. A basic car costs £20000, and you need a certificate of entitlement to even buy one which is about £50000, so unless you get a company car is very expensive! International schooling is expensive too, in the region of £11,000-15,000 per year per child.
You need to be employed by a company in order to live in Singapore but if you leave a job, your entitlement to live there is taken away after a week, as your employment pass is based on your job not the person. Once here you can change it slightly to a personal pass but it depends on the need for the job in Singapore. You can stay on a visitors pass up to three months and hope to get a job whilst here, but that’s taking quite a gamble!!
It’s changed a lot since 2002, more building, cars and people.
Having said all that, if you can do it, it is a lovely place up live and travel in/from, and fab for bringing up children.
That’s what I can tell you about as its important to know before moving to a country. As for getting a job, well you probably need to be searching other websites for that.”March 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm #4264
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I would also say that the criteria for hiring expats are tightening and you have to show that you have special skills that are needed and can’t easily be found amongst the local Singaporeans. This all the more so if you are not being transferred by your current employer and are applying for locally advertised jobs in competition with local applicants. At any rate, you would need to be sufficiently “special” or senior to command the kind of salary you’ll need – depending on lifestyle, for the typical family of 4, I would not agree to any move unless your overall compensation was at least SGD 300K (£150K) per annum. Can’t really help with regard to recruitment agencies, and it will depend entirely what industry you’re working in. But the general consensus is that the local ones aren’t very good, and you’re better off either looking for a transfer with your current employer or trying to find and follow your own leads directly.March 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm #4265
Thank you, that was very helpful!
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