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Work in Singapore

Country flag: Singapore

If you're tempted to work in the highly-developed country of Singapore, find out about its career opportunities before boarding the plane

Job market in Singapore

Skilled graduates looking for job opportunities in Singapore are particularly in demand thanks to growth areas - including biomedical sciences, interactive and digital media - relying on international talent.

Key industries include electronics, chemicals, financial services, IT and professional services, petroleum refining, processed food and beverages, ship repair, and life sciences, so your chances of landing a job may be determined by your chosen field of work.

It's safe to say Singapore's pro-business climate and impressive culture offer an eye-opening experience for any graduate wishing to forge a career in the country.

Job vacancies

A useful website for finding a job in Singapore is the government-maintained Contact Singapore , which includes a job board and a wealth of information about living and working in the country.

Other popular job sites include:

Work experience and internships in Singapore

The Singapore Work Holiday Programme  was introduced by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore, and allows university students and recent graduates between 18 and 25 years of age to work for a period of six months in Singapore while on a holiday visa.

Contact Singapore  lists available internships in the country, as well as job adverts.

AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales)  provides students with training and internship opportunities at for-profit and non-profit organisations.

Volunteering in Singapore

The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)  is a first-stop centre and networking agency covering volunteering positions across all sectors.

You can also visit SG Cares , which provides a variety of volunteer opportunities in Singapore through many different partner organisations.

For an array of openings, search job-hunting sources and general gap year websites.

Language requirements

English is widely spoken in Singapore and is the language of commerce and business in the country.

While Malay is the official language, most Singaporeans are bilingual in English too.

Singaporean visas and immigration

You can only work in Singapore if you hold a valid Employment Pass (EP).

The Ministry of Manpower provides detailed eligibility information on its website, but to apply for an EP, a local sponsor - usually the employer - is required.

To qualify for an EP you must earn a fixed monthly salary of at least 3,000 Singaporean dollars and have acceptable qualifications.

If your employer changes, you will require a new application.

For more information or to find out about the varying visas on offer to live and work in Singapore, visit the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) .


Further information

Written by Editor, Graduate Prospects
October 2013

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