Jobs and Internships in Singapore
Singapore is one of the most popular places for international staff to seek employment in Asia. This country is modern, clean and cultural. Singapore is a small country with a population of around 5.5 million people but there are so many different job opportunities across a range of sectors for students, graduates and professional workers.
Jobs in Singapore
Companies Offering Jobs in Singapore
Guide to Working in Singapore
The location of Singapore makes it an easy to get to destination, this country has airports connected to all major worldwide destinations. Unemployment is very low in Singapore at around 2% and you will also be able to make good money when working here.
Salaries are high and taxes are very low compared to other worldwide destinations meaning you will get a great quality of life. There is also a very foreigner friendly work environment and getting a visa to work here can be easier than other destinations in Asia.
Popular Industries to Seek Employment
- Customer Service
- Software Development
Professional Jobs in Singapore
Singapore is one of the most popular destinations for expatriate workers, this country has one of the most important financial centres in the world, the working environment is very welcoming and you will find an international blend of people living here. Thousands of British and other nationalities apply to work here every year. Salaries vary depending on the company, your experience and qualifications.
Jobs for Students and Graduates in Singapore
Singapore is a fantastic country to work abroad in especially if you are just starting your career. Singapore is one of the most popular destinations for graduates who are seeking to work in business, finance and technology. Another option is to teach in Singapore which is a popular route many people go down. To be eligible you will need a degree and usually a TEFL certification course.
The official languages of Singapore are English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Singapore is a very multicultural society and many local people speak more than one language. English is the official language in most work places including business and education. You might also take local language classes once in the country to enhance your experience and career prospects.
Salary for Working in Singapore
The salaries in Singapore are some of the highest in Asia and the world. They are usually very competitive with extra added bonuses provided too. Add to this that taxes are extremely low you will be able to make a comfortable lifestyle living here. The cost of renting/buying property can also be high too.
Visa, Work Permit & Conditions
You will need a job offer to be eligible for a Singapore work permit. Once you have applied and been accepted the process is fairly easy due to the amount of people who work here every year.
Usually you will be required to work around 44 hours per week Monday to Friday and sometimes a half day on Saturday depending on the company. Holiday time off can vary, most employees get around 10-14 paid days off per year whilst there are also public holidays and festivals which mean there are around 25 days holiday in total.
Most people enjoy a really amazing time living and working in Singapore. This country is a hub for Asia so you should get lots of free time to explore other countries in the region. You will need to stay on the right side of the law, be sure to read up on local rules.
Internships in Singapore
Singapore is one of the most popular countries to intern in Asia, this is a modern country with multi global companies based here. People from all around the world apply to work in Singapore every year, places can be competitive so it is important you build your application to the best possible standard. There are high-class internship programs available in most areas of work. Internship programs are open to international students, graduates and anyone seeking work experience.
Here are some top reasons to apply:
- Advance your career
- Gain new skills in a dynamic marketplace
- A placement could lead to a full-time job offer
- Pick up new skills and valuable work experience
- Having this on your resume will make you stand out from the crowd
- Experience the fantastic Singapore culture
- Possibly learn a new language
- Make new professional contacts and friends
Areas Where You Can Work
There are so many different industries you can intern in, these include:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Tourism & Hospitality
Visas for Interning in Singapore
If you are an undergraduate or graduate aged between 17 to 30 you work for up to 6 months in Singapore on a Working Holiday Pass (WHP). Most nationalities can apply, eligible countries include: Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA just to name some. You will need to pay a visa fee of S$120.
Accommodation & Cost of Living in Singapore
Singapore is an expensive destination to intern but there are ways to keeps costs down which is great if your internship is unpaid. Some companies provide benefits like accommodation which can be shared or condominium style housing with other expats. Instead of going for private housing or staying in a hostel/hotel you could find a roomshare.
How to Apply
You can view our intern and work providers above. Some companies offer structured internships in Singapore which include placements, visa assistance, accommodation, social and networking events, 24/7 support and language lessons. You will need to pay a fee for this service. You might also like to view our internship programs abroad.