Moving to Singapore For Work - What You Need to Consider

Singapore has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. This makes it a very attractive options for expats who wish to take their careers in another direction. Many companies also look further afield for professionals who can bring something extra to the employment table. Before you start looking for relocation services, keep reading to find out more about working in Singapore.


It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to move to Singapore without a job offer in place. The government requires foreigners to obtain an employment pass from the Ministry of Manpower before you can move there. These passes are obtained in accordance to the salary you will receive, not your occupation. The Ministry of Manpower’s website has more information about the minimum monthly salary and qualifications you need to apply for a work permit. In most cases, the company hiring you will become your sponsor. However, one of the permits does allow you to change jobs without having to obtain a new employment pass. Passes for entrepreneurs are also available.

Job Search

It might seem as though living in another country is a disadvantage when looking for a job in Singapore. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. If you have the right qualifications, there are plenty of opportunities for you in Singapore. Take your search online and don’t be discouraged by advertisements aimed at Singaporeans or residents, there will be plenty of companies willing to sponsor you because of the work skills you bring with you.

Don’t limit yourself to the usual websites where you look for a job. Use social media to your advantage and build your connections. Find other expats via online web channels then talk to them about their experiences finding work. Networking is an invaluable tool and can help you assimilate when you are finally ready to move. If your current employer has a presence in Singapore, you can ask to be transferred there. Plan a visit to set up meetings with potential employers so they can see you are their best option.

Work Culture

Once you have secured a job, it is time to think about work culture in Singapore. A reliable global relocation services provider, such as Allied Pickford’s and their parent company SIRVA, can help you with the logistics. Singapore has very diverse work culture in relation to ethnicity and the processes within a company can depend on where the company originates in.  As Singapore is a global business hub, you will find different working cultures throughout the array of different companies.  Whilst Singapore is also known to have some of the longest working hours in the world, most personnel – whether local or foreign – find various ways of letting off steam in this unique city-state.  SIRVA and Allied can also provide a “Cultural Orientation” to assignees relocating to Singapore.

Allied offers comprehensive relocation services to help you during this new stage. Contact us and learn more about what we can do for you.


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