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shans2000
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Manager Salaries in Engineering

Postby shans2000 » Sun, 15 Aug 2010 5:59 pm

I am currently an engineering manager in USA with 9 years experience in the semiconductor industry. I am looking for jobs in Singapore and will likely get a Senior manager or Director level title in a Semiconductor company. I am looking for some guidance on what kind of salary I can expect as an expatriate, and what perks are typically included in expatriate packages.

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Postby beppi » Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:50 pm

Engineering managers with your experience in Semiconductors get around S$8-10k/month if employed under local conditions. This translates to approx. S$6-8k/month after tax and deductions (you'd get a bit more out since you're not entitled to and don't need to pay CPF, a kind of social security cum forced savings) and is a top salary: Anything higher is rare (except maybe in Banking & Finance)!
Expat packages are hard to find nowadays (In my opinion rightly so, since a different passport doesn't usually change your value to a company) and mostly only given to employees that are well-known (and normally have worked with the employer) for some niche skills that cannot easily be filled locally. So, it depends on what exactly your specific skills are and how valuable these are to a potential employer. Local semiconductor managers are plenty here, so you'd have to stand out!
As for the perks of an Expat package - well, there are no standards and everything is negotiable. This ranges from Expats getting less than locals (yes, this also exists!) to more than back home plus relocation, accommodation and other "bush benefits" (though most employers do realize that life in Singapore isn't hardship posting, so don't count on this!).
Oh, did you know that getting a work visa (called "Employment Pass") is also quite hard at the moment - even after you found a willing employer? Don't burn your bridges before the way forward is fully paved!

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Postby shans2000 » Mon, 16 Aug 2010 5:08 am

Thanks for the response. What you said makes sense, that is along the lines of what I was thinking.


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