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Would 2500-2800 SG$ be enough for IT Guy ?

Post by daemonx » Sat, 02 Oct 2004 7:42 pm


Ive been offered a job in SG with a starting offer of SG$2500-2800. Ive a Masters from UK and 3 years software experience in India. I was told that expenses would come to approx 1700SG$

1200 - 1300 - 2 Bed House
100 - Travel
400 - Food & Other Expenses

Is this correct. And im married. My wife is an architect in dubai with more than 1 1/2 years experience. Would she be able to find a job easily here. Initially ill be staying alone for 1-2 months afterwhich she will be joining me. The company also offers medical and communication allowance etc.

So would this be enough to start off when Im single. I dont drink that often and dont smoke.



Starting pay of Master degree graduates

Post by amanda » Sun, 03 Oct 2004 10:16 am

You don't need a masters to earn $2,500, that's probably the starting pay of a bachelors degree. Yours should be in the region of S$5,000 and up. :wink:


Post by Guest » Sun, 03 Oct 2004 12:27 pm

A fresh graduate (bachelors) singaporean should be getting in the 2.5k region, someone with a year, 2 years experience around 2.8k.

You with a Masters and 3yrs experience, I think you're being shortchanged. Unless you're already established in architecture, I don't think its easy to find a job as an architect in Singapore. You may want to check if your wife can practice here and if she needs to join some professional board in singapore.

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Post by jpatokal » Sun, 03 Oct 2004 12:56 pm

Err, I think the quotes above are a little optimistic. A fresh grad bachelor won't usually earn more than S$1500 or so, and for Indians (sorry to say) pay is usually worse than for locals.

Still, S$2500 is on the lower side of the scale for M.Sc. with 3 years, and while you can get a 2-bedroom apartment (not house) for S$1200 you'll be limited to either HDBs or remote/old condos. S$400 for food only, OK, but not "and other". So try to push for at least S$3000.

And I'm afraid your wife will probably have a fairly difficult time finding a job. Not impossible, just difficult. Any contacts around here would help a lot.


thanks :-)

Post by daemonx » Sun, 03 Oct 2004 7:35 pm

Hi ,

Thanks to all who have replied to my queries..Well i know the pay is a bit low.Ill try to push for 3000S$ and see where i can cut a deal. And as for my wife getting a job,ill make an enquiry and see. Can anyone suggest any place where i can get info on Work info regarding Architects... :D



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Post by briceloh » Sun, 03 Oct 2004 8:35 pm

it's good enuf for a starting pay. if u r good enuf. make this company yur step board to others. :)


Post by Guest » Mon, 04 Oct 2004 10:47 am


I'm just curious, I'm local and getting 2.8 with 1.5yrs experience in IT. Just signed on with a company. Are you sure a local fresh grad can only expect 1.5k now?

Wow. times are really bad then.

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Post by Savage » Mon, 04 Oct 2004 9:34 pm

While times are bad now, it doesn't mean that all IT jobs will go in the S$1.5-2k range. When I graduated with a local bachelor's degree four years ago, I had offers in the IT industry that ranged from S$2.5k-4.2k. The same multi-nationals that were offering between $2.5k-3k are still making offers to fresh graduates in this range, although the number of offers in this range have been greatly reduced.

For the smaller/local IT firms, or even in the IT support divisions of multinationals, starting salaries have been pushed down over the last 3 years because of two reasons: supply is much greater than demand, and more IT workers mainly from India and Philippines are willing to take up jobs on a contract basis with salaries in the 1.8-2k range.

As a reference point, my employer's HR department makes sure that they pay fresh graduates within the 50-75th percentile of the IT industry in Singapore - a local frsh graduate gets S$2600, $2700 if he has completed NS, and a Master's degree holder with no prior work experience gets $2800-3000.


Post by daemonx » Mon, 04 Oct 2004 9:55 pm


Majority of the replies seem to be a bit discouraging. Another thing is Ive to stay min 3 years with this company.And if my wife cant find a job,i guess well be broke pretty soon. :?

Ive some financial commitments as well,so i do need a bit of savings as well.Else no point in accepting it.

Id Like to thank all those who have replied to my queries


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DaemonX,Plz helppp

Post by pedy » Sun, 30 Sep 2007 9:23 pm

Hi DaemonX,

Nice to meet u.Im praveen from India and worked for 1 year in testing but right now moved into datawarehousing.

So r u working right now in singapore?Please reply me to discusss furthur


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Re: Starting pay of Master degree graduates

Post by peanut » Thu, 11 Oct 2007 7:55 pm

amanda wrote:You don't need a masters to earn $2,500, that's probably the starting pay of a bachelors degree. Yours should be in the region of S$5,000 and up. :wink:
This is not true. Having master will be giving you a higher chance to get the job offer, but not mean you could get higher pay. Salary is more relevant to your past experiences. If your experiences could bring more revenue to the company, of coz the company would offer you higher.

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Post by DimWit Kid » Thu, 11 Oct 2007 11:26 pm

ay ay ay...

daemon posted his post in 2004...

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Post by ria3n » Fri, 12 Oct 2007 12:33 pm

and he 's getting more than what some locals are getting ..

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