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My wife getting a job in Singapore?

Postby michaelbecker83 » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 7:01 pm

Hi, First off, sorry if this is a double of topics, I tried the search function but didn't find one that looked 100% relevant.

I am considering a job in Singapore (moving from Australia). My wife will be coming with me and I wanted to check on the likelihood of her being able to secure either a full time of part time role. She has been working for 6 years in a PA / Office Manager Role.

I will be sponsored by my company and have been told that this will give my wife the right to work there aswell.

Will it be tough for her to find a role?

Is she legally able to work?

Thanks very much for your help,

Michael

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Re: My wife getting a job in Singapore?

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 8:32 pm

michaelbecker83 wrote:Hi, First off, sorry if this is a double of topics, I tried the search function but didn't find one that looked 100% relevant.

I am considering a job in Singapore (moving from Australia). My wife will be coming with me and I wanted to check on the likelihood of her being able to secure either a full time of part time role. She has been working for 6 years in a PA / Office Manager Role.

I will be sponsored by my company and have been told that this will give my wife the right to work there aswell.

It will allow her to work without the need to be academically qualified for the position, e.g., she doesn't have to qualify for an EP. She can work on what is known as a Letter of Consent.

Will it be tough for her to find a role? Possibly. But persistence and learning what a Letter of Consent is and being able to sell it to a prospective employer will be another story (most don't even know it exists).

Is she legally able to work?

Yes, as noted above.

Thanks very much for your help,

Michael


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Postby michaelbecker83 » Wed, 21 Sep 2011 9:42 am

Thanks very much for your assistance.

We are trying to see if her current company can assist her with a job in Singapore, they have an office there.

What is the market like for Administrative Personell?

Would this fall under the category of jobs the employers would prefer to pass on to people who are citizens of Singapore?

Also, is there a decent market for Part time roles?

Thanks again,
Michael

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Postby Saint » Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:14 am

One thing to be aware of is many companies do not realise that DP holders are actually legally able to work and the LOC process is quite a simple process.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:02 am

Additionally, it's rather doubtful that she will realize anything close to her former salary although anything is possible. The problem is, if she doesn't have suitable academic qualifications, or they are offering salaries in excess of 8K/mo (ain't gonna happen) the LoC is tied to you EP. You letter of consent expires and is renewed when your EP does. This mean, if you should lose your job, her job is gone as well. But, if not academically qualified in her own right, it's better than nothing.

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Postby michaelbecker83 » Wed, 21 Sep 2011 1:34 pm

We don't mind too much about the salary, I think it will be great for her to be able to work and meet new people. I am not keen on relocating to a new city / country and then making her go bored out of her mind sitting around the house all day.

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Postby movingtospore » Wed, 21 Sep 2011 7:04 pm

She might have a luck with any number of the expat-oriented chambers of commerce, social organizations, etc., as a starting point. Quite frequently they will advertise on the career web site of the american association of singapore. They pay poorly, but are looking for expats.

You can join the American Association to access postings on their career board (even if you're not american). I did when we arrived and that plus their workshops were a bit help to me. Look here:

http://www.aasingapore.org/crce/

Good luck. From what you say it looks like a number of the postings currently active would suit her.
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Postby Nirvana » Thu, 22 Sep 2011 3:22 am

Hello Guys,

I got most of my answer in this thread.My case is similar to Micheal with the difference being my fiance is already working in Singapore from last 3 years (she have P2 pass) and I will be coming in mid-December on Dependent Visa.
I have over 7 yrs of experience in Capital Market,5 yrs as prop trader and 2 yrs as institutional derivative dealer.I am keen to work as research analyst but have no work exp,I have bachelors degree and I have cleared my CFA level-2 and will be appearing for CFA level-3 on June 2012 from Singapore.
I have few questions:
1) Can I give IBF CMAF exam on my DP?As I stand a better chance for a job if i have a licence.
2) Can I attend prep course for my CFA on my DP?If Yes, can I still attend the prep course once I get a job?

After going through this forum in last 2 days I have come to know many things and scenario in Singapore.To be honest I thought it would be cakewalk for me to get a job but after going through this forum, I am back to earth lol.It showed me the ground reality.


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Postby movingtospore » Thu, 22 Sep 2011 2:13 pm

I cab't help you re CFA issues. But re getting a job here, it can be done. Just be prepared to start fresh, and at a lower salary than you might have had at home. Over time, you can make some big jumps and get established.

There are some very good networking organizations - all the chambers, and the american association career centre as per my other post.

Don't be discouraged. It took me a year, and I started off slowly, but after two years in SP I now have lots of contacts and am earning a good salary.

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Postby Nirvana » Fri, 23 Sep 2011 1:14 am

Thanks movingtospore for your encouraging advice.
It would be great if somebody help me with my queries posted above.

Thanks


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