Hi MyCsPiTTa,MyCsPiTTa wrote:Hiya,
Sorry if my question sounds a bit naive - I haven't done as much Singapore research as I should as most of my job hunting is spent on Hong Kong at the mo - but:
I'm a biotechnology research associate hoping to find a job in HK or SG. According to the salary surveys I've seen, a job like that would bring in between SG$3000 - SG$5000.
That's enough to satisfy the P2 work visa criteria so I would assume that means it's a reasonably "respectable" job.
But I understand even a small place to live (and me and my wife, with no kids, are prepared to live VERY cheaply) will be at least SG$3000. Not to mention other living costs. I may be wrong on these figures though...
So, is it really true that in Singapore a postgraduate qualified professional is barely likely to even afford rent? I was under the impression SG was a land to make a good wage for yourself...
PS: I am a NZ citizen with an M.Sc. in biology currently in Hong Kong looking for biotech jobs in HK or SG.
I'm not sure of the salary situation but I have been working in HK for the last year at HKU as a post-doctoral fellow with wages ranging from 25-30,000 HKD per month (I'm Australian). My rent is somewhat expensive but I'm also here by myself. I tried looking for science jobs in HK but I just don't think they have the money to employ postgraduate educated scientist as they are far more expensive than students.... That's why I started looking abroad to Singapore and have got a job with NUS as Singapore seems to have the funding to support local research as oppose to HK. Work wise - I'll start looking at universities and checking out their departments... if they can't help you - I'm sure they can give you the names of people that can. However, HK people son't seem to respond to emails so calling is probably a better bet. And from what I can gather (in Singapore and HK) - if you have the qualifications in research/education that they are after I don't think you need to a citizen - after all, I'm not. As with salary - I can pm you some details if you like when I see my contract.