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A guide to working and living in Singapore [sgCareers]


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A guide to working and living in Singapore for foreigners.

By sgCareers Careers Advice Team.

sgCareers is a Singapore-based online job portal that revolutionised the way people searched for jobs and found candidates. No matter what device you're using sgCareers offers a seamless job matching experience across desktop, tablet and mobile. Our platform harnesses the power of digital and social media tools to help you reach out to your candidates in faster and effective way. We are committed to continuously improving our role in facilitating the matching and communication of job opportunities.

We call it the place for real jobs & we invite you to be one of our success stories!


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A guide to working and living in Singapore [sgCareers]

  1. 1. WWW.SGCAREERS.COM.SG Working and living in Singapore
  2. 2. AGENDA  Overview  Working in Singapore  Application Procedures  Quality & Cost of Living  8 Steps to Work In Singapore
  3. 3. Overview  Singapore is an excellent place for work, live & play  Cosmopolitan Experience  Multicultural Nation  Hub of Progress  Political Stability  Low Crime Rate  High Literacy Rate of 96.5%  Sunny climate throughout the year
  4. 4. Working in Singapore  Pro-business government  5-day work week  Competitive salaries  Low income tax rates
  5. 5. Application Procedures  Requires a local sponsor or employer to help you apply for Employment Pass  OR Personalised Employment Pass
  6. 6. Quality & Cost of Living Item 4-bedroom house with pool 4-bedroom house with pool Details Cost (SGD) Accommodation (rental) 4-bedroom house with pool 10,000 – 25,000 a month 3-bedroom condominium 4,000 – 7,000 a month Car Mid- to high-range Anything from 90,000 upwards Utilities Varying based on usage 80 – 400 a month Meals Mid- to high-end restaurants 50 upwards per head, a meal Groceries For family of 4 800 a month Club membership 1,500 – 4,000 a year Education International schools 3,500 – 15,000 a year Communications Mobile phone plans 19.95 - 200 a month Broadband 19.95 - 208 a month Entertainment Cable TV 30 a month upwards
  7. 7. 8 Steps to Work In Singapore 1.Check Eligibility 2. Job Search 3. Submit Resume 4. Job Interview 5. Accept Offer 6. Apply Work Visa 7. Visa Approval 8. Relocating in SG
  8. 8. Step 1/8: Check Eligibility  Personalised Employment Pass (PEP):  Last drawn salary oveaseas > S$18, 000/ month OR Hold Skilled Migrant Visa  Employment Pass (EP):  Pass is applied through the employer in Singapore, with salary of at least S$3,300/ month  S Pass:  Salary of at least S$2,200/month. Application can be done via EP Online or manually.
  9. 9. Step 2/8: Job Search  Singapore’s Job Portal, sgCareers (  Other Job Sites  Potential employers’ websites  Recruitment agencies  Referrals from family & friends
  10. 10. Step 3/8: Submit Your Resume  Submit your latest CV for your job application  sgCareers allows you to apply jobs directly using your LinkedIn account  You can also submit a short video intro of yourself or demo reels  Tips: Avoid using 1 standard resumes for all jobs, keep it short & simple
  11. 11. Step 4/8: Interview  Most employers will only informed shortlisted candidates  If you’re overseas, employers may conduct the interview via phone or video conference.  Process usually takes 2 to 12 weeks
  12. 12. Step 5/8: Accepting the job offer  Upon successfully securing the job, you will need to decide and sign the employment contract  Contract will state the salary, bonus and working hours etc.
  13. 13. Step 6/8: Apply for a work visa  Non-Singapore citizens and PR will need an EP/ S Pass to work in Singapore  Application can be done online or manually  Application of work visas are done by the employer
  14. 14. Step 7/8: Approval of your work visa  Your employer will receive an In- Principle Approval (IPA) letter upon approval of your Employment Pass (EP) or S Pass  You can collect your EP / S Pass from the Employment Pass Service Centre (EPSC) only after you arrive in Singapore  Validity is up to 2 years for first-time applicants and up to 3 years for renewals
  15. 15. Step 8/8: Relocating in Singapore  You may choose to engage a relocation company or settle the relocation yourself  Things to look out for:  Housing  Healthcare  Transportation  Children's Education  Banking Services  Communication
  16. 16. Useful Links/ References  sgCareers Job Portal    Singapore Ministry of Manpower   Contact Singapore 