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Post by china8 » Thu, 11 Jun 2009 9:21 pm

With a 2 year diploma in the USA as a RN nurse with one year experience you can easily make over 100,000.00 a year as a travel nurse. They will pay for your apartment but not phone, electric, cable tv, but, sometimes thats included in the rent.You can take 4 week 8 week asignments and you usually get a bonus after that period and travel pay. You can take a month off between jobs or 2 months between jobs. Critical care ICU you usually make around $35.00 to $ 50.00 a hour and you pay no rent. You usually work three 12 hour shifts a week and anything over the three 12 hour days becomes time in a half, so if you made $50.00 a hour anything over 40 hours that week will be paid at $75.00 a hour. Also they give you a choice for them to pay for your apartment or they give you a allowance. If they give you a allowance of 1,500.00 a month and you find a apartment for $600.00 a month you get to keep the difference. so if you make $50.00 a hour and work six 12 hour shifts you can make great money and take a couple weeks off in between to travel or relax.

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Re: please advice on my average salary

Post by revhappy » Wed, 17 Jun 2009 6:51 pm

ankit1407 wrote:
dingdong wrote:
bharath2708 wrote:Hello All,

i have 3.3 years of work experience in a software major in india with expertise in IT services of a financial product. I am currently earning 3.8 lakhs INR.

i have got an offer from a consultancy, through which i got into the job position with credit suisse. The bond between consultany and credit suisse for my position is 'indefinite' it seems. This is what consultant told me. They are offering me 4.4 k singapore dollars.

i would like to know whether the salary is fine to take up the offer, since i do not know about how the expenses will be in singapore for a single person........ and also about the job security and work culture in credit suisse.

kindly advice me on the above quesions....
hmmm, don't know abt credit suisse, no comments

4.4k is within range of 4k ~ 6k, so seems ok for an engineer with 3.3 years of work experience.

rental is around 500~2000 (single room around 500, a small condo unit aound 2000)
meals around 450, (15 dollars/day)
leisure, depends, mine is around 500
car around 1200, if you need it

so ur salary is enough if you don't need to save ;)
seems like we are in the same boat..i have been offered around 4800 SGD per month and its with credit suisse again thru some consultant..just wanted to check is it worth going for such job (leaving 6 Lkh Annum job in India). Am recently maiied so we are a family of 2 with occasional visits from parents..Pls advice..
sorry forgot to add i have 5 yrs of exp with an MNC in india on Microsoft Tech
Hi Ankit and Bharath,
I am also in the same boat. Please let me know what did you guys decide..

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IT jobs

Post by haggle » Tue, 23 Jun 2009 4:30 am

What type of salary for could a senior IT manager (30+ IT team) expect nowdays?


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Post by sebster » Tue, 23 Jun 2009 1:20 pm

Hello at all.
I recived an offer S$48k p.a. I am a recently graduated Economic engineer.
Did u think its ok?

Thank u very much for ur help.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 23 Jun 2009 2:37 pm

If you are happy with it, then it's okay. What are you worth? If you think you are worth more than that, don't take it. Otherwise, if you accept it, then that's what you are worth. :-|

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Post by sebster » Tue, 23 Jun 2009 3:47 pm

Thanks for that fast reply.
Well you are pretty right, my question is is that selery for my situation ok or to low. Compared to Germany its OK for a freshly graduated.

By the way the position is an assistant manager.


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Post by liquidnoise » Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:51 am

its been quite a while since I logged in here.
Follow up from my last posting here and the question and concerns those may have before they cum to our little RED DOT.

Firstly, I am not in HR so I can only provide information to the best of my knowledge. If its in marine or heavy industry segment perhaps my estimate will be much closer. If its anything else, I guess it will be hearsay.

Salary Segments:
1. Banks by far is the best paid positions I know. But please do not forget with the crisis that is going on. They are also the first to go.
1.1. Telco provider. I heard the pay is damn good (Haiz why am I not in this industry)
2. Generally for O&G the pay is not too bad.
3. Aerospace, I tink this will be one of the better choice as Singapore airport services are pretty much sought after in Singapore.
4. Life science / chemical not so bad but I have very limited info. on this industry.
5. Marine / shipyard. Basically its hard labor even in office. Pay is miserable but if you can endure all this the bonus is gd by local standard.
6. Electronics......erm....dun bother to cum if its electronics unless you some big time researcher.

1. Singapore generally have chinese local bosses. They can be at times unreasonable and demanding. Typical chinese boss who is like an emperor. BUT it provides stable future with job security.
2. Working in Singapore can be 2 extreme and of coz in the middle. Workaholic or super slag. depending on the position as well as the industry.
3. Its pretty easy to get a job in Singapore as Singapore gov. is trying to attract "talent"
4. If you are thinking of coming over to look for a position, then it maybe a little unwise as you will most likely be offered a local package.

1. Living expenses are pretty low if you just eat in general eateries. BUT having a car is pretty expensive.
2. Clubs, PUBs are generally very expensive. 1 pint can range from SG$12 to $24. In UK, I can easily get a pint for stering pound 1 ~ max out 5 = SG$3 ~ SG$15.
3. Transportation is very very easy. you basically can get anywhere and everywhere in Singapore using public transport. But then I have not really taken public transport since i got my first sets of motorised wheels.
4. A good plus point is that SG is where you can get all and everything (except drugs). You do not need to travel too far.
5. Travelling for pleasure maybe cheaper to Asean countries for short holis.

I do notice that there is indeed an influx of "foreign talent" in Singapore. Thus its generally very welcoming to foreigners here in Singapore.

BUT, your competition here will be with grads from China, Philipines and India for IT, engineering, electronics, marine offshore. Their salary range is very competitive. They are even more willing willing to take up lower paid jobs then local.

In civil, you will be facing people from Laos and Burma. Again lower expected pay den locals.

If you do not have any links or contact to MNC here in Singapore. Its generally more difficult to get a position here cause unless your pay is local then a local Singaporean. Not many co. want to go through the trouble to apply for work permit for you.

For Malaysians, there are 2 extreme as well. Those who cun wait to get out of malaysia and those who have to get back so very often. If you want to frequently travel back. My advice is stay there and cum sg for business meeting or pleasure.

If you have a "talent" or specialised in certain areas with tons of working experience in certain specific field. Then SG will be a paradize for u. You get best pay with perks plus u are highly sought after by competitors in the same field.

I hope this helps those who are looking for a position here. Its not a bed of roses as many will think but its for sure a place that I do enjoy very much with the activities and friendly people around. There is no short of social circle and peeps from this forum (i went out with 2 social gathering) are indeed very friendly. I am sure they will show you around here in SIngapore. Plus there are groups or clubs (Japanese, Koreans, etc)

Do consider properlly before you pick up a job here in Singapore. Coz if you are RETRENCHED or have to leave the job you may not find another so soon.

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Post by jpatokal » Mon, 13 Jul 2009 2:28 pm

liquidnoise wrote:1.1. Telco provider. I heard the pay is damn good (Haiz why am I not in this industry)
I wouldn't generalize that much. I know a guy in telco who charges 1000 pounds a day for his services... but I know lots more people who earn less than that in a month!

Telco's just a subset of IT in my view: there are profitable niches here and there, but generic skills get you generic pay.
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Just start looking - any help will be appreciated

Post by rtse123 » Tue, 28 Jul 2009 4:52 am

I am new to this forum and was a silent reader for last couple of months..

I am looking to move to Singapore but have not started any process yet.. so I am looking for any type of initial feedback..

A little background about me..

Total Over 14 years of experience
Last 7 years working for one of the largest telecom provider in US
Have a MBA with System Engineering from US and Electrical Engineering Degree from India
Expertise, Data mining, Statistical Analysis, find route cause, process improvement and program management

With this little background can anyone guide me, whether I could able to found at Singapore .. what will be the salaray range (just initial ball park fig).

Also, another questions (could be out of scope for this thread).. If I have applied for a LPR.. what is the chance of geeting approval.. and what is the pros and cons..

Sorry for asking too many questions.. but any help will be very helpful for me to decide next step..

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MOE salaries

Post by goldennbrown » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 7:37 pm

I'm also new to this forum. I'm a qualified French teacher. I applied for a position of French Teacher at the MOE a few days ago and it looks like I was shortlisted.

I am asked about my expected salary, and I don't have a clue as to how much I could realistically ask for. As I've just said, I'm a qualified French teacher (holding a BA in French as a Foreign language and a MA in French literature as well as a Modern Foreign Language PGCE ), with a 15-year experience in teaching at all levels, in various schools, from College to University.

I'd be most grateful to anyone able give me advice.

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Re: IT jobs

Post by AndyD » Mon, 31 Aug 2009 1:57 pm

haggle wrote:What type of salary for could a senior IT manager (30+ IT team) expect nowdays?
Definitely 100K +… Somewhere in the bracket of 100K to 160K… That’s assuming a Global Bank pay bracket, pretty sure it would nosedive slightly in any other industries IT…

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Post by singisking » Mon, 14 Sep 2009 8:30 pm

so not sure if this helps anyone but i also recently moved to Singapore to take a job. I received an offer in Sing dollars and had no idea what to make of it. I did the following.

For my home country, I looked at my education/experience combination and pegged a base rate of what I was worth. For example, let's pretend I'm 100K home currency. I then took into account tax rate, let's say 35%. So my net take home is $65K home currency. Keep in mind this not include any tax deductions or tax credits or such. Again, just a benchmarking tool.

For the Sing salary, let's pretend I earned $100K Sing. But if you look at tax rate, it came to about 5%, because I would be here more than 183 days (check the Sing IRS site for more info). So $95K take home in Sing dollars. I then looked at the average exchange rate over the past 2 years, and it was about 1.5 (very roughly). So in my home currency, the $95K was about $63K home currency.

Now before determining if it was comparable, I built a monthly budget of how I lived in my home country and had a good gauge of how much income would be disposable (rent, food, insurance, cell phone, transporation were all necessities) Pretend for a min it came to $10K/year. I then built a budget in Singapore and estimated what I could save. So if I can save $15K sing dollars, I would deem it comparable to what I was making in home currency. I didn't compare rent to rent or food to food b/c it was too complicated and varied too much. Rather I focused on net savings b/c when I do move back to my home country, want to know if working in Sing put me ahead or behind in terms of net savings in my home currency.

Just one way of thinking about your offer. hope it helps.

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Average salary for Fresh Graduate

Post by greensumo » Wed, 30 Sep 2009 8:00 pm

Hello All,

I am a 22 yr old fresh graduate expat with a 1st class BSc Management degree from the UK and have 0 years experience.

I have moved to Singapore to find work and have accepted a marketing assistant job for S$2500/pcm. There was no specified salary and they wouldn't tell me their range so this was a suggestion from me as a starting salary.

Have I been ripped off or totally scored?

Many Thanks

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 30 Sep 2009 8:42 pm

Please do not spam identical posts across multiple threads. We frown upon it here. Your other post has been deleted. - moderator

If you have managed to get an employment pass it's good. It's about par for the course considering you have no experience and a piece of paper doesn't tell anybody if you can do the job or not. It just says potentially you can do it. Only time will tell.


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Post by greensumo » Wed, 30 Sep 2009 9:07 pm

Thanks sms and sorry about that I'm completely new to forums and am messing up in the first post. Lesson learnt :)

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