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Job Opportunity in Singapore

■ Work visa

Foreign students in Singapore are not required to apply for a separate employment visa, but are only allowed to work 16 hours a week maximum. More information can be found here: http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/working-in-singapore/Pages/employment-of-foreign-students.aspx

■ Employment upon graduation

The Singaporean economy is hungry for workers, but recent laws to protect Singaporean citizens make it hard for foreigners to find employment. Quotas limit the number of foreigners each company can employ. In this case, it is best to check with each company about their hiring policy. With the implementation of these quotas and laws, foreign employment growth had decreased from 5.9% in 2012 to 4.2% in 2013 (http://stats.mom.gov.sg/iMAS_PdfLibrary/mrsd_qtlmr134.pdf#page=14). Compared to other countries, foreign employment is high, at 33.8% in 2013, but is set to moderate in the coming years.

To work full-time in Singapore upon graduation, one needs to apply for an employment pass. The company offering the job will apply for the pass on behalf of its employees, but only if the salary offered is SGD3300 and above. More information can be found here: http://www.mom.gov.sg/pass-navigator/i-am-a-foreign-national-i-wish-to-come-to-singapore-to-work/Pages/i-wish-to-work-full-time-in-singapore.aspx
And here: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303759604579092863888803466

■ Work environment

Singapore is highly globalised and Westernized, and work attitudes differ from company to company. A job with the government ensures good hours and benefits, and is considered secure.

■ Outplacement rate

There aren’t statistics records on International student employment rate. The unemployment rate in Singapore is 4% as of 2008.

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