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SGD 2300 per month for an editor, is it too low?

Postby writingale » Tue, 07 Aug 2007 1:45 pm

Hello friends,
I'm a editor based in India and I have been offered a job by a well-established publishing company in Singapore. They are willing to give me S$ 2300 per month, with standard medical benefits (NO housing or car)

I personally think that this is very low. I have over 2 years experience in my field and have also worked in the US for an year (as a intern). I earn around INR 35K a month here in India and I feel I am worth much more in Singapore. But when I say this, the HR person at the offering company tells me that S$2300 is very good salary for a single person (I am unmarried right now, but my parents might visit me often and I also want to save some money)

I also asked a friend (who works as an architect in Singapore) about this salary and he explicitly told me to refuse the job offer. I am quite confused. Can anybody here advise me please? Am I being too greedy? Or should I ask for more... I did ask for S$ 2750, but the HR refused, saying that S$ 2300 would be their final offer.

Thanks in advance :)
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Postby muratkorman » Tue, 07 Aug 2007 2:00 pm

I don't think you are acting greedy. With that salary you can barely survive in Singapore. You have to share a flat with some other people since the price for decent flats are too high. This salary is avarage local salary while you are relocating from India. In my opinion, you should ask for more.
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Postby mayamomi » Tue, 07 Aug 2007 3:49 pm

Thats a miserable salary for an expat... and no car and housing??? transport alone can take up a portion of that amount, let alone accommodation!

at least 3k i think, to at least stay decently ...

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Postby amit_tgt » Sun, 12 Aug 2007 1:48 pm

Too low!

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Postby Humour_Me » Tue, 14 Aug 2007 4:05 pm

That's about the starting pay for a graduate here. I would say that you should stay on in India, gain a couple more years' of experience and then come out. S$2300 is too low for someone to move from another country and resettle here. I would ask for at least S$3200 - renting a place here is not cheap.

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u can't get even EP with that salary..

Postby michelle1024 » Fri, 17 Aug 2007 9:04 pm

You can't get even EP with that salary.. you better refuse with that offer,too.

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Postby HunBunny80 » Sun, 19 Aug 2007 9:47 pm

Yes, I would refused it. Several agents tried to offer me low rates, I just refused to work with them.

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praised HIM

Postby darian » Mon, 20 Aug 2007 12:59 pm

thank GOD for wateva amount of salary u r getting...theres lots out there hunger to death!!!!!!

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Re: SGD 2300 per month for an editor, is it too low?

Postby endlssorrow » Wed, 22 Aug 2007 9:31 pm

writingale wrote:Hello friends,
I'm a editor based in India and I have been offered a job by a well-established publishing company in Singapore. They are willing to give me S$ 2300 per month, with standard medical benefits (NO housing or car)

I personally think that this is very low. I have over 2 years experience in my field and have also worked in the US for an year (as a intern). I earn around INR 35K a month here in India and I feel I am worth much more in Singapore. But when I say this, the HR person at the offering company tells me that S$2300 is very good salary for a single person (I am unmarried right now, but my parents might visit me often and I also want to save some money)

I also asked a friend (who works as an architect in Singapore) about this salary and he explicitly told me to refuse the job offer. I am quite confused. Can anybody here advise me please? Am I being too greedy? Or should I ask for more... I did ask for S$ 2750, but the HR refused, saying that S$ 2300 would be their final offer.

Thanks in advance :)



what education u have received?
if your current job is gd, then why should you switch?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 22 Aug 2007 11:49 pm

Humour_Me wrote:That's about the starting pay for a graduate here. I would say that you should stay on in India, gain a couple more years' of experience and then come out. S$2300 is too low for someone to move from another country and resettle here. I would ask for at least S$3200 - renting a place here is not cheap.

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You been hiding under a rock or something? There are literally thousands of "S" pass holders in Singapore (with degrees) earning between $1800~2300/mo. Sure, they share flats to save money. But guess what, if he wants to work "in Singapore" then he will do what he has to do. It's easier to get a prospective employer who wouldn't even talk to him from overseas or doesn't want the hassle of applying for EP's to talk if he is already here and working. They already know it's easy to get him in as he's have already done the vetting process.

Guess it all depends what the OP's long term plans are. Sometimes one have to take the circular path to get to where you are going in life.

It's his call.

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Re: SGD 2300 per month for an editor, is it too low?

Postby Splatted » Thu, 23 Aug 2007 12:32 am

writingale wrote:Can anybody here advise me please? Am I being too greedy? Or should I ask for more... I did ask for S$ 2750, but the HR refused, saying that S$ 2300 would be their final offer.

Thanks in advance :)


I'd compare the tax rate of Singapore with what you are paying now in India.

Generally Singapore has much lower tax than other countries I've lived in and visited. Start doing this, and then compare what your take-home Singapore pay is versus what your take home pay is at present where you are now.

Others have already mentioned the high cost of living here.

The question you would ask yourself is - are these opportunities of working in your profession but overseas easy to come across? If yes, you can try and wait for a better opportunity.

Likewise, alternatively consider - are editors a dime-a-dozen and will this employer quickly and easily find someone equally as qualified as you who would be willing to do this job for that rate of pay? If the answer is 'no', then you have a leg to stand on when negotiating.

Do also build up your case, eg cost of living in Singapore, accommodation etc. They may see reason. There are LOTS of locals however working for much less in Singapore.. perhaps this is the position the employer is coming from? Locals however have some benefits that are not available to you such as subsidised accommodation which makes living arrangements more affordable than what it will be for you.

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Re: praised HIM

Postby muratkorman » Thu, 23 Aug 2007 11:39 am

darian wrote:thank GOD for wateva amount of salary u r getting...theres lots out there hunger to death!!!!!!


This is the mentality which justifies employers abusing their employees. Perhaps this can be considered a reasonable amount if you are a local living somewhere in Singapore. What do you suggest to a person coming from abroad? Bring his tent with him to stay in one of the parks? Even if you share a flat, that would cost you a lot.
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