After being in Singapore for 5 months, I hope to contribute some anecdotal experience to forumers here. It has been a roller coaster ride since Oct 2009. Both of us are now having a comfortable life and pushing up our savings.
A few points for people seeking job in Singapore.
1. Election database has been updated (according to my Singaporean colleagues) and therefore election is around the corner. The government will take heed of the locals incessant complain about foreigners presence in Singapore.
2. Based on the recent election budget passed, if you're looking for a job in the S-pass category or work permit, you're very vulnerable to MOM rejection. In fact, employer will think twice before hiring. Effective July 1, foreign workers levy will be enforced. A clearer picture will surface then.
3. For those who have a long term plan in Singapore and eventually take up PR, be sure to contribute your share to the country. Currently, the fine line which segregates benefits of PR and citizen has been wider. Education, employment and housing policies are some example of the distinction. Surely, the government is trying to calm the locals down. PR approval has dropped by almost 20k YoY. that's about 25% (offhand)
4. This is based on personal experience and may serve as a guideline for future potential job seekers. My gf is currently in Singapore on a Work Permit pass. When she collected her work permit from MOM, she was given a letter that she doesnt need permission from MOM to marry SPR or Sg citizen.
5. Rents in HDB ranges from $450 to 600$ for couples seeking rent in a common room. Agent fees cost around $250 and deposit of a month is required. Spouses must be PRs to buy HDB. HDB Grant only available to Singaporeans with income ceiling not above 8k combined.
6. There are plenty of jobs available in Sg. Remember that employer gets monetary 'credit' for hiring locals and SPR. Hence, most jobs prefer PR or Citizen. Whilst there are plenty of jobs available, one must understand Sg greatest asset is the work force. You are not only competing handicapped with the locals but on a par level, with the thousands of foreigners that are trying to get in.
7. Singaporeans dont queue while trying to get into MRT but they do when boarding the bus. They dont wait for commuters to alight from both MRT and bus. Strange enough.
8. Singapore Airlines is the best airline as far as I am concern and the locals take pride of it. Changi Airport is the best airport that the locals visit for leisure purposes.
9. Cycling is very encouraged in Tampines as they have widened the road.
10. Singapore is participating in Earth Hour, today!.
11. Education is very stressful for the young ones.
12. Jackie Chan just bought $10m condos
in CBD area.
13. Marina Bay is the upcoming buzz that is foresee to steal the limelight from Orchard. In fact property
prices ranges from 2000 - 3000 psf. International buyers keep speculating on property prices. Recently, a Taiwanese coupled paid record price $650k for a HDB flat. If this trend continues, PR will only get more jeers from locals.
14. If you're planning to get a car in Sg, bad news. COE just shot up by approx 10 - 14k in the open category. This will indirectly increase car prices by almost 20%.
15. Any good or bad news concerning Sg, locals will direct the attention to foreigners. Bad being because of the presence of foreigners. Good news will imply government trying to propel this red dot country to the best in everything which is unnecessary.
That sums up my anecdotal experience in Singapore for the past 5 months. And I hope I share a fair experience to everyone reading. I thank this forum for assisting me during my roller coaster days and I hope to contribute going forward as I acquire more experience staying, working and living in Singapore!
It's an endless battle if youre wondering, living in Sg.