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Working in Singapore

Singapore has multi cultural workforce with over 110,000 expatriates working in more than 7,000 multinational companies. The workplace amalgamation policies and English as a common working language are the appealing features of working in the country. The Singapore job market particularly requires skilled graduates in electronics, financial services, chemicals, IT and professional services, ship repair, petroleum refining, processed foods and beverages. Part-time work is scarce in Singapore.

The Singapore job market is changing. As opposed to permanent positions and job stability, now contract and temporary recruitment is increasing gaining acceptance. This trend change is due partly to greater restrictions on permanent staff hires, and increased availability of highly qualified contract workers. Such an arrangement benefits the employers as temporary staff can step in for those on extended leave and relieve the extra pressure, the skilled workers can work just for the time period of the required project thus minimizing expenses, and allows companies to link resource gap for a specified time period. It is also beneficial for the employee as it allows you to try out a position without committing. Allows you to prove yourself and build a resume, enjoy salary increments from one role to another instead of annual increments, and the freedom of taking longer vacations between contracts.

To attract the best international talent the Singapore Ministry of Manpower introduced the Singapore Work Holiday Program, which allows fresh graduates and university students between the ages of 18 and 25 to work in the country for six months while on a holiday visa. The only other possibility of employment in the country is if you hold an Employment Pass. To be eligible for the pass a local sponsor-typically an employed- is needed. The other criteria are a salary of at least 3,000 Singapore dollars, and relevant qualifications. 

 

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