IT Jobs in Singapore

IT Jobs in Singapore

Singapore has always been a hotspot destination for expatriates looking for IT jobs but in recent years it’s popularity has significantly grown due to tax exemptions and flexible immigration policies put in place for foreign workers by the government.

There are good employment opportunities in the financial, electronics and information technology sectors in Singapore and the rate of growth in these sectors are expected to continue to increase.

In order to gain access to work in Singapore you will need an Employment Pass. With a confirmed job offer it is common practice for your new employer to supply you with one. If you are planning to look for work upon arrival in Singapore, depending on the country from which you reside, you can go to Singapore as a visitor and remain temporarily while you look for suitable work.

Working practices

Similar to other Asian countries such as Japan and Hong Kong, Singapore also has a strong work ethic. Normal office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm, plus Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Chinese Mandarin, Malay and Tamil are the official languages, but English is widely spoken and is the main language in business circles. Chinese dialects are widely used and there is a high level of bi-lingual capability.

Applying for IT jobs in Singapore

Application methods in Singapore vary from traditional CV’s and covering letters to online application forms. When applying for a job with a CV it is important to tailor your CV and covering letter to each specific job. It is also important to ensure that the CV is full, clear and well presented.

Interviews in Singapore are formal and the selection process usually consists of more than one interview. Initial interviews are often conducted via the telephone for candidates outside Singapore. Further interviews will then be undertaken in person or via video-conferencing.

Living in Singapore

Those with IT jobs in Singapore often enjoy a good salary with attractive benefits that makes the cost of living in Singapore very reasonable. Property prices in Singapore however can be expensive mainly due to the attraction of the destination and because demand outstrips supply.

Expatriates looking to buy their accommodation often have significant restrictions placed upon them when it comes to what they can actually buy and as a result most expatriates rent.

Singapore is renowned for it’s safe and almost crime free environment. Those living in Singapore benefit from excellent standards of living, quality educational facilities and enjoy good entertainment, recreation, sporting and shopping attractions and events.

Finding an IT job in Singapore

Expansion in areas such as the information technology sector has meant that there are all types of IT Jobs in Singapore requiring professional skills. The jobs typically include the expected developer and programmer roles including Oracle, SAP, Java, C++ and C#.