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Planning to relocate - Need help!!

Postby Newbie2011 » Sat, 14 May 2011 1:49 am

Hello, I am thinking about relocating to Singapore as an expatriate to work in that country for 3 to 5 years. I have been working in the financial sector for over 10 out of my 15 years of IT Management experience. I have been working as a Technology Manager at one of the reputed banks in US. I have my double masters, in IT and Business Administration. Also, I have the PMI certification in Project Management for the last 6 years. What would be a best place to start my search? Given my experiences and qualifications, what would be a decent salary package that I could negotiate with the prospect companies and be able to live a high-end moderate life in Singapore?

Coming to my personal life, we are a family of 4 with two elementary aged kids that I will plan on registering in one of the int'l schools. I am new to this forum and seriously considering relocating to Singapore / Malaysia by end of this year. Any help/advices will be greatly appreciated.

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Postby Mad Scientist » Sat, 14 May 2011 3:43 am

If you are planning to come here , the first step is the search button on the right hand corner under the profile link

Type in what you are looking for like bank job, where to live etc

Read and absorb

The compilation is huge hence you will definitely will find something to your liking

Help yourself with this first then if you need stuck with ques then throw a line

I doubt you will have question after your search.

Good luck
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Postby BillyB » Sat, 14 May 2011 7:29 am

Try some of the salary surveys published by the international recruiters - Michael Page and Robert Walters amongst others do one that covers financial positions. It's not always too accurate, with quite loose ranges, but it should give you a rough indication.

You'll have the ability to earn more in Singapore compared to Malaysia but they are very different Countries in terms of pace of life, living expenses and culture. For banking IT, Singapore is your better option as the International banks have full operations here as opposed to mainly representative offices and bare skeleton staff in Malaysia.

The only 'possible' problem you face is the fact that you are outside of the Country and recruiters and firms tend be reluctant to look elsewhere as most of the banks are on a big cost reduction drive in Singapore.

On the flip side, good IT people seem to be able to command pretty decent salaries here especially if you have front office product exposure and therefore will always be in demand.

We recently engaged with a couple of firms to find an IT developer with quant experience and general front to back experience. There looks to be a lot of good candidates in the market on paper, but speak to them and they lack communication skills and the art of explaining complex terms in a simple manner.

Good luck with things!

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Postby SingaporeSaint » Sun, 15 May 2011 12:45 pm

There is a big difference between local, local plus and expat terms, which is a big consideration when you have a family and thinking International Schools etc

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Postby Asian_Geekette » Mon, 16 May 2011 1:43 am

100% agree with MS. Best place to start is the search function here. :)
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Postby Zhanglaurence » Mon, 16 May 2011 1:30 pm

Better through agent in your case.


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