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Postby noskich » Wed, 02 Jan 2013 8:04 am

BiffBaffBoff wrote: As I have stated, this will probably be towards the end of the year


I don`t live in Singapore and am same like you interested in relocating.
However, I do work in IT and in Australia where I work end of the calendar year is probably the slowest period for recruitment. Projects are usually closed off in November and early December and progresivelly from then on more and more staff goes on leave. Not sure about Singapore, however my bet is that if possible you should avoid the end of the calendar year and the end of the financial year (if it differs from the calendar, in Australia it is June/July for example).
All things equal probably best period for job hunting is February-April as budgets have been approved, projects are kicked off and the headcount has been estimated.
Once again, I don`t work in Singapore. I would like to hear about best times for job hunting in Spore as well.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 02 Jan 2013 12:39 pm

noskich, good points. Best time will be the beginning of the year, specifically the month following CNY (Chinese New Year). Say end of February or so. Most don't leave their positions near the end of the year in order to ensure full bonuses. Once they have bonus in hand that's when they will make their move.

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Postby noskich » Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:16 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Best time will be the beginning of the year, specifically the month following CNY (Chinese New Year).


Thanks, this is a valuable piece of information. People might brush up their resumes and get all pumped up, but miss a seemingly small detail like this one and then wonder how come there are no jobs.

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Postby offshoreoildude » Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:35 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:noskich, good points. Best time will be the beginning of the year, specifically the month following CNY (Chinese New Year). Say end of February or so. Most don't leave their positions near the end of the year in order to ensure full bonuses. Once they have bonus in hand that's when they will make their move.


While SMS is correct I'd add that this is the case for 'local' type positions. Jobs like mine pay a small bonus in Dec and a much larger bonus in May once the Q4 figures are calculated. Furthermore I jumped shit in June from a previous employer who paid their (pathetic) bonus in Dec - it's really a matter of scale.
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Postby movingtospore » Thu, 03 Jan 2013 3:41 pm

The government has tightened foreign labour rules a lot here. So you will need to be paid a fair bit (for a 24 year old in IT) to get an EP I think. But who knows, they seems to change the rules every day.

You might want to try applying for firms in the UK with offices here. Much easier to get an EP if you have a firm transferring you and sponsoring you.


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