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Re: Average salaries in Singapore

Postby rila » Mon, 08 Mar 2010 4:44 am

Hi,

I was just curious to know what could be the salary of an Assistant Manager in the aviation industry with a masters degree and some 3 years of experience?

Anyone any idea? Also, what can one expect in a relocation package?

Many thanks for sharing.
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Senior Interior Design Salaries

Postby bakerjs » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 6:51 pm

I am a senior Interior Designer currently located in Ireland with 7 years experience specializing in hotel and leisure markets, can anyone advise on salaries for Interior designers in Singapore? would really appreciate any feedback, many thanks

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Postby swfc08 » Sat, 13 Mar 2010 9:38 am

I may be moving out soon for 6 months with my existing company in the ad industry. My current capacity i guess would be classed as a 'junior manager' and my task would be to work with and 'fix' an existing team of around 20 people servicing APJ.

The company will provide accommodation, so without having to pay any utilities, phone, net etc what is a realistic salary to live on? They are proposing SKD5.4k per month.

Bearing in mind the World Cup is coming up and i like a beer ;)

Any advice massively appreciated!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:43 am

If they are paying accommodation then you are in good shape. You will be able to save a large portion of that (75% easily if you wanted to).

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Postby swfc08 » Sat, 13 Mar 2010 5:35 pm

Really? That's better than i'd expected!

Maybe going off topic here, but how much can i expect to pay for a pint of beer in a bar showing English Premier League / World Cup?

Thanks :)

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Postby Tas Burrfoot » Sun, 14 Mar 2010 2:25 pm

swfc08 wrote:Really? That's better than i'd expected!

Maybe going off topic here, but how much can i expect to pay for a pint of beer in a bar showing English Premier League / World Cup?

Thanks :)


In pubs showing these matches, around 10 SGD...
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Salary expectations

Postby SwissVince » Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:05 pm

Hi everybody,

I´ll be relocated in January 2011 in Singapore for at least 2 years. Married with 2 kids.

Function: Project Manager ASIA in a software company

The salary offer is 150K SG$ Gross salary per year. No extra package on top of that.

Do you think it´s enough for renting a nice condo, hiring a maid, and having a quiet life there ?

What will be the difference between gross and net salary ?

What others taxes should I consider ?

PS: My wife will not works


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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:49 pm

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Do you think it´s enough for renting a nice condo, hiring a maid, and having a quiet life there ?

Yes.

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Re: Salary expectations

Postby Leo23 » Fri, 16 Apr 2010 8:05 am

SwissVince wrote:Hi everybody,

I´ll be relocated in January 2011 in Singapore for at least 2 years. Married with 2 kids.

Function: Project Manager ASIA in a software company

The salary offer is 150K SG$ Gross salary per year. No extra package on top of that.

Do you think it´s enough for renting a nice condo, hiring a maid, and having a quiet life there ?

What will be the difference between gross and net salary ?

What others taxes should I consider ?

PS: My wife will not works


Many thanks

SwissVince


I think you could be hard pressed on that salary, especially if your kids are school age, which would be the biggest factor.

That salary translates to monthly SGD $12,500 gross - SGD $1,175 tax each month that needs to be set aside. Net income is SGD $11,325.

    International Schools: SGD $2,000 per month per child = SGD $4,000
    Upfront Registration Fee: SGD $5,000+ each
    3+ BR condo: SGD $5,000 - SGD $6,000 per month
This comes out to SGD $9,000 - SGD $10,000 per month plus about another SGD $1,000 per month to account for the registration fees.

Now, account for daily living expenses of utilities, phones, groceries, eating out, entertainment, car (?), bus/mrt/taxis, shopping for the wife. All this could be about SGD $2,500+

Up to SGD $12,500 - SGD $13,500+ per month.

Healthcare provided by company may only be for yourself, so you might have to top that up for your family which could cost SGD $500+ per month. Total is now up to about SGD $13,000 - SGD $14,000

Then, you also want to have cash aside for family vacations, weekend getaways, and to travel back home SGD $500 - SGD $750 per month?

Lastly, but certainly not least, you want to put a certain amount away for the nest egg.

So, no, I don't see that as being enough unless your kids are not in International Schools and you find a condo for under SGD $4,000 per month.

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Postby $Pripps » Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:09 pm

of course you can choose to live cheaper as well

e.g. put your children in local school 20$ per month, no deposit or registration fee

my eldest son went to Secondary local school here and he didn't get any lasting damage :wink: on the contrary, it broadened his mind.

biggest expense is the apartment, but if you don't need to live in a fancy one centrally located you can probably find one for 3k.

traveling using public transport doesn't cost much and so on, it all depends on your expectations.

if you consider that the median household income salary here in SG is around 5k then 12k is pretty good.
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Postby Leo23 » Fri, 16 Apr 2010 4:06 pm

Sure, locals do not have to pay int'l school fees, live in condos, adjust their standard of living/deal with culture shock, etc. Perhaps after landing for a year or so, one can adapt and adjust accordingly but to suggest one can do that after just arriving is not advisable. Too much change, too quickly...

Using the median household income as a benchmark is ridiculous, especially for foreigners. It doesn't even apply for most locals who are educated and in higher paying jobs.

Try supporting a family of four on median incomes and living in either London earning £25k or in NYC on $40,000. :roll:

The biggest factor is the International School fees. That would save at least SGD $5k per month. An option if one can find a spot in a good local school but not that easy to do.

A 3+ BR condo for < SGD $3,000???

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 16 Apr 2010 4:20 pm

Leo23 wrote:Sure, locals do not have to pay int'l school fees, live in condos, adjust their standard of living/deal with culture shock, etc. Perhaps after landing for a year or so, one can adapt and adjust accordingly but to suggest one can do that after just arriving is not advisable. Too much change, too quickly...


I think you'll find that most here who have gone the local route have done so from the get go. It's much easier that way. If you try it your way, easing into it, it will never happen. It's called total immersion, the only effective way. As soon as you start compromising, it will not work. I, like $Pripps probably, am not saying it's for everybody, but like him, and boffenl, and myself and an ever growing group of western expats, it's most definitely doable and if you get your kids into a good local school here and they're academically inclined their chances on getting into the major top ranked western universities are very good. We are just saying it's another POV to look at that has also worked well for quite a few of us. :wink:

Oh, the majority of the condo's in Singapore are probably inhabited by Singaporeans as they are renting out their HDB flats to foreigners. :P

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Disappointed

Postby Frank316 » Fri, 16 Apr 2010 5:51 pm

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to all who contributed, some very useful information on here.

I got an offer which will be confirmed soon to work in IT with a financial institution, and though I was initially looking forward to it, having a read through this thread and doing some apartment rental search it's gone a bit sour for me :cry: , the particulars :

Nationality : British
Status : Married, no kids.
Position : Business Intelligence (IT)
Experience : 10 years
Current UK Salary : £41,000 GBP annual (roughly $86,960 SGD)
Salary offered : $6,000 SGD per month

Unless some extra perks are provided (and nothing was mentioned at the time) I won't be taking up that offer it seems, shame as I was looking forward to it, but it just doesn't make sense looking at all the bills and running costs.

Thank you again, for your various contributions and links etc.

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Postby Leo23 » Fri, 16 Apr 2010 6:44 pm

SMS,
Can you, or anybody with experience, advise what would be considered good/above average local schools where non-local kids are more easily accepted and integrate well into?

I am quite curious, because I am in negotiations for a role but the sticking point on the offer is the extra cost that would be incurred as a result of the International School fees for two young kids. This would seriously dent the disposable income to the point of not having any future savings or cash to pay for flights to home countries (US, UK and Japan) or allow any type of family vacation, shopping for the wife, and other leisure activities, etc.

If I knew of a few local schools that would be options to consider, as long as they have adequate places available, and can look into them then perhaps I could bend a bit on income requirements as that would free up SGD $5k per month and provide some necessary breathing room. Thanks.

EDIT: nevermind, saw the thread in the schools page and will sift through there...

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Got an offer on the table...

Postby happybonnie » Sat, 17 Apr 2010 8:49 am

Hi all,

I used to work in advertising in Taiwan, and am planning to relocate to Singapore. I have got a verbal offer so far, and need someone to help me out, let me know if the salary I am asking for is right or not. Is this a good deal?

Field: Advertising
Company: 4A Agency
Title: Account Manager (this is a promotion from my previous job)
Experience: 4 years
Offer: SG 3000-4000 (I will ask for 4000, but is that right? too low or too high?), 16 days of leave...

I am not sure the other details yet, is there suppose to be bonus? How many month? Should they provide a plane ticket for me to get there? I think this is more local pay than expat pay, but I would really appreciate everyone's help and inputs...

Thank you in advance :)


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