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I want to live\work in Singapore but need advice

Post by wardy » Tue, 31 May 2005 1:31 am

Hi guys, just wondered if you could give me some advice?

I'd really like to live and work in Singapore for 6-12 months (maybe longer). I'm currently working in the UK, where I work as a Web Developer and was hoping people would share their thoughts on how it is best for me to proceed. I realise that I need to get a work permit and that i'm unlikely to get a job applying from the UK. Therefore if I travel to Singapore, where should I head for? What is the best way of getting a job i.e. are their any local agencies which are better than others or could I just get a temporary job, whilst I search for something more suitable (I have about 5 years experience). Also if i'm going to be looking for jobs, I won't be earning initially so would need cheap accomodation (unless I could find a kind soul that would be willing to put me up until I get a job and show me around). Really I just need some general advice on what I should do on arriving at Singapore, with regards to where to live, work and meet new people.

Thanks guys - any help is much appreciated.

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Post by elizabeth » Tue, 31 May 2005 2:40 pm

Yes you need to get a permit to work in singapore..but you cant get a work permit if you dont have a job. You can go to (Singapore Newspaper website) for more jobs offer if not you can help to look for agency and they may be ablel to help you getting a job here..

I dun think you can find someone in singapore who dont even know who you are to put up at their home while you are looking for a job here..

Good luck to you.. Hope that you will be able to get a job in Singapore.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 31 May 2005 4:10 pm


The problem you face is that any company applying for an EP must demonstrate that they cannot find the talent locally before their application will be approved.

There are many people in Singapore who have very good web development skills. So, first of all, a company really doesn't have to go through the hassle of applying for an EP to hire good people, and second, if they did, they might well be rejected by the Ministry of Manpower.

You would need to demonstrate some special skills that set you apart before a company would go through the effort to hire you on an EP.

Best of luck.

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