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Quick Questions:

Postby repz4 » Sat, 19 Feb 2011 12:13 pm

Hello,

I am new to the forums, and as you would expect, I joined because I am considering moving to Singapore to experience a new culture and lifestyle.

I have three quick questions.

1) What might be the average salary range for someone who has worked for in finance for 1.5 years. My current salary is around $40-50K USD. Can I expect to live somewhat comfortably in Singapore with that same salary or slightly more? What's the tax rate there for my income bracket?

2) Where did you apply to receive the most job offers and/or interviews from? Company websites directly or headhunters?

3) When you interviewed, were you required from many interviewers to come in and interview face-to-face. I'm asking this for logistical reasons. I am currently located in the US and flying into Singapore to interview would be costly.

Thanks for the responses. If any of you have personal success stories to share, I would be delighted to hear from them. I might learn a thing or two from your experiences in becoming an expat.

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Re: Quick Questions:

Postby beppi » Sat, 19 Feb 2011 5:18 pm

repz4 wrote:1) What might be the average salary range for someone who has worked for in finance for 1.5 years. My current salary is around $40-50K USD. Can I expect to live somewhat comfortably in Singapore with that same salary or slightly more? What's the tax rate there for my income bracket?

2) Where did you apply to receive the most job offers and/or interviews from? Company websites directly or headhunters?

3) When you interviewed, were you required from many interviewers to come in and interview face-to-face. I'm asking this for logistical reasons. I am currently located in the US and flying into Singapore to interview would be costly.


1. You'd get less here (maybe half) - except if you have exceptional experience in a field that is rare in Singapore and find an employer who needs exactly that. Tax is very low.

2. You'll have to utilize both to maximise your chances.

3. You'll not be hired without a face-to-face interview. Most companies will not pay for a flight for this. Try to suggest a phone screening first and then tell them "I'm in Singapore anyway from date1 to date2, could we arrange a personal meeting then?" The only other option is multi-nationals, where you could hope that they entrust this to a local office near you or somebody from Singapore happens to travel there and can meet you.


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