Rather than creating a new post, I rather follow up on this one and ask a few questions.
@serve. Thanks for the input regarding the information security front in Singapore. I am currently contemplating moving to Singapore. My research didn't prove that fruitful in terms of looking for jobs online in that field. Jobstreet.com.sg lists >2000 IT jobs since last month. However, noone ever speaks of IT Security management jobs (maybe just 1 or 2 job postings).
As for me, my expertise lists the following certification - ACCA, CISA, CISM, CISSP, PRINCE2 Practitioner, ITIL, ISO27001 Lead Auditor, Executive Leadership certificate, backed by a solid 13 years experience in the field of Information security and assurance.
Question 1: Does that stand a chance or is that an overkill?
Outstanding, I think you definitely end up with interviews, its up to you to grab the chance. Your qualifications for IT auditing and security are maximum from a certificate point of view.
Question 2: Even if i do get contacted for a position, what would be the package mostly like?
I have no idea, depends on your company and your negotiation skills. There are some list posted on this forum with average salaries for IT managers, but these are just a very average guideline.
Research i did reveals an approx salary base for a programmer of around S$5,000 a month. Robert Walters report of 2010 expected salary speaks of an IT Manager between S$160K-S$240K and for an IT Risk and Compliance Manager between S$100K-$180K. However, the few senior positions I saw online was relatively low priced or quasi-inexistent. What does that exactly mean?
Question 3: Does it mean all the senior positions are already taken? Is there some other hidden sources of employment which I am not aware about (so far I checked with major head hunters and the sites listed on mom.gov.sg.)?
Hard to say, but I guess that senior positions are filled up internally, due to the EP madness right now.
Given that Singapore is recovering pretty fast from the financial downturn (or so I heard) and given than IDA has plans to increase infocomm jobs by 55,000 by 2015, it is rather weird that senior management level jobs are not that much advertisement. Or maybe I’m just missing something.
Question 4: If finding management level positions is so difficult online, is it advisable to be physically present in Singapore to find value opportunities? I am here thinking of “In-principle Permanent Residence”