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by Wong_Jnr
Wed, 08 May 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Relocating EP credentials
Replies: 4
Views: 1078

Re: Relocating EP credentials

By way of background, I’m based in the UK and I've a degree, masters and ACA with 5 years strong finance experience. My plan is to apply for finance roles now and go over in July for interviews etc. My hope is to secure a job and relocate in September with my girlfriend. ...and they'll be hundreds ...
by Wong_Jnr
Tue, 07 May 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Expat jobs with local banks
Replies: 12
Views: 2016

Re: Expat jobs with local banks

how should I interpret a role that has been open for two months on LinkedIn? Either they’ve been unable to identify a suitable candidate, are not proactively hiring for the role, or are not managing their job listings which would seem unusual for a large corporate within in-house recruitment. All o...
by Wong_Jnr
Mon, 06 May 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Furniture budget when relocating - buy or ship?
Replies: 2
Views: 1384

Re: Furniture budget when relocating - buy or ship?

Would you say it is realistic to spend 14000 or less on furniture (including all items ranging from kitchen appliances, bed sheets to sofa)? Or should we opt for the shipping option? Kitchen appliances will be included in a "partially furnished" condo, so that'll save you a large cost. You might ha...
by Wong_Jnr
Mon, 06 May 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Expat jobs with local banks
Replies: 12
Views: 2016

Re: Expat jobs with local banks

With your skill sets you stand a better chance than most, however you just move to the top of the zero to nil chance pile. Being here legally improves your chances, but that's a chicken and egg scenario. The foot in the door to Singapore is a transfer, unless of course you have some rare and in dema...
by Wong_Jnr
Mon, 06 May 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: prospects for CFA charter holders?
Replies: 2
Views: 722

Re: prospects for CFA charter holders?

but that says nothing about my prospects of actually getting hired. Not to put a dampener on your ambitions but you'll have zero to nil chance of finding a job here with your credentials. You've got too common qualifications and minimal experience and they'll be a queue of just as talented (if not ...
by Wong_Jnr
Thu, 02 May 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Is Airbnb legal in Singapore ?
Replies: 12
Views: 3524

Re: Is Airbnb legal in Singapore ?

There are some legit listings on AirBnB, such as legally registered serviced apartments.
Problem is for the uninitiated there are potential issues.

I for one have reported the illegal listings in my condo block to the URA.
by Wong_Jnr
Thu, 02 May 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: How to deal with companies that insist on seeing your payslips before making an offer?
Replies: 12
Views: 4942

Re: How to deal with companies that insist on seeing your payslips before making an offer?

I'd be very surprised if any MNC's in Asia would hand over that information. There is absolutely no upside in doing so... and plenty of downsides. The question was asked when my wife was recruited regarding her last salary (US MNC) which was a stumbling block as you say and wasn't forthcoming apart...
by Wong_Jnr
Thu, 02 May 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: How to deal with companies that insist on seeing your payslips before making an offer?
Replies: 12
Views: 4942

Re: How to deal with companies that insist on seeing your payslips before making an offer?

The firm is a large and well known financial institution, and the role is at a fairly senior grade, typically awarded to people with 10 to 15+ years of experience. I know independent of the recruiter that the role *can* pay up to this level - I have seen the advertised salaries for this grade on my...
by Wong_Jnr
Thu, 02 May 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person
Replies: 18
Views: 2605

Re: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person

Relocation expenses if paid by the company a proportion can be tax free. Where's the IRAS citation for that one? That's news to me and I can find nothing in IRAS administrative concessions list to suppor this. It's buried there, I had to use the search function to find it. https://www.iras.gov.sg/i...
by Wong_Jnr
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Having a hard time finding job on DP status
Replies: 7
Views: 1284

Re: Having a hard time finding job on DP status

The only thing I assumed was that I am a CPA with great experience in senior positions so it may not be as difficult. I did know for a fact that there are a lot of CPAs out here but again being an experienced professional makes a difference. Having a great CV is one thing, having the right contacts...
by Wong_Jnr
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person
Replies: 18
Views: 2605

Re: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person

Cool, any other questions just feel free to ask!
by Wong_Jnr
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person
Replies: 18
Views: 2605

Re: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person

The package also includes 8% annual bonus minimum and 13k for relocation. Plus 27 days of paid leaves. Let me guess, you're gonna work for a bank? Is your 13k relocation paid to you as cash or it's an amount you can spend up to? Relocation expenses if paid by the company a proportion can be tax fre...
by Wong_Jnr
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person
Replies: 18
Views: 2605

Re: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person

I will arrive for sure after the mid of July OK that's 15% you'll need to pay on income tax for 2019. Thing is tax doesn't need to be paid until the following year and can be paid by interest free installments. You will get that overpaid tax back in 2021 when doing your 2020 return. A budget of SGD...
by Wong_Jnr
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person
Replies: 18
Views: 2605

Re: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person

Are tax rates higher for non resident? I used one of those online calculators and the net salary was around 6k per month. Is it correct? If you're here over 6mths you're considered tax resident and taxed at normal rates. Anything less it's 15% flat and then you can recover that back the next year w...
by Wong_Jnr
Tue, 30 Apr 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person
Replies: 18
Views: 2605

Re: SGD 110,000 per year for a single person

You'll have about SGD8.3k per month NET
That should be more than enough to live a comfortable life.
Condo shouldn't be more than SGD2.5k p.m depending on location.
Just under SGD6k left over is a decent amount of money.

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