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Help relocating from the UK

Post by simonh » Sun, 21 Feb 2016 7:00 am

Hello everyone,

I've recently come back from visiting a friend in Singapore, and I absolutely loved the place. He recommended me to these forums after visiting, and on my return to the UK, I am convinced that I would like to relocate there. I really appreciate any help on my situation, because I am not sure how easy it is to do.

I’m aware that many people are sent to Singapore by working for large international companies, so in my situation, it could be a little harder to get my foot in the door.

I am a senior web developer, which are usually sought after but after looking at a couple job sites, I couldn’t find a great deal. Just an abundance of banking and other financial services roles, I’m hoping that I was looking in the wrong place.

I’d really appreciate if could anyone help direct me to a more suitable job site for such skills, or perhaps names of LinkedIn recruiters in Singapore that could help?

Apologies if this isn't the correct forum to post this in!

Many thanks,

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Re: Help relocating from the UK

Post by nimmo23 » Thu, 25 Feb 2016 7:55 pm

which job sites have you tried?
try you can try jobstreet, jobsdb, jobscentral..
or you can even try to build a portfolio with recruiter express, but beware that you may need to pay for getting a job through such agent service.

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Re: Help relocating from the UK

Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:27 pm

Mate, I hate to bring bad news, and as a "senior web developer" your opportunities are going to be few and far between. Who do you think your target market is?

Large companies that have need for complex, scalable web systems rarely have their headquarters in Singapore. And the design and hiring decisions get done at headquarters which is in Europe or the US or Australia. These days, the actual coding can be done just about anywhere with virtual teams.

For example, I know of a MNC that developed a massive CRM/ERP system. The design came out of headquarters in Europe, the SAP business logic was coded in Malaysia and Hong Kong, the web development was done in Brazil, and the infrastructure and security was handled out of Europe. Sure, there are people that handle local content but they are not in the 'senior' status. That's why you don't see any jobs. If anything, all sorts of IT jobs are leaving Singapore for countries with cheaper labor rates, and that includes everything from coding and testing to call centers and support.

What's left? Local websites for local companies. That's a tough nut to crack.

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