Working in Singapore
When our overseas Singaporeans return home, they bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise from where they come from, and have much to contribute. If you are seeking to apply yourself here and are exploring your career prospects in Singapore, check out the following search sites to discover job opportunities that abound here!
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Executive Search Firms
Executive search firms are headhunters who help client companies fill specific mid-to-high-level professional positions. These firms usually provide end-to-end service, including management consultancy, recruitment and placement.
Popular search firms include:
- AYP Associates Pte Ltd
- Egon Zehnder
- Hays Recruitment
- HRNetOne Pte Ltd
- Jadeclover Pte Ltd
- Kelly Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd
- Kerry Consulting
- Korn/Ferry International
- Latitudes Group International
- Legal Labs Recruitment Pte Ltd
- Michael Page International
- Morgan McKinley
- Odgers Berndtson
- Profile Search & Selection
- Resource Scientific International Pte Ltd
- Robert Half International
- Robert Walters
- Russell Reynolds
- Sanford Rose Associates
- Singapore Talents
- Spencer Stuart
- Uni Connect Pte Ltd
Other Job Search Avenues
If you have a clear idea of the companies you wish to work for, you may check their websites for opportunities and apply to them directly. Most companies advertise job vacancies online. You may also wish to check the recruitment sections of the local newspapers, particularly The Straits Times, Singapore's national daily English language newspaper. Companies and search firms regularly advertise their career opportunities there.
SkillsFuture is a national movement to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to develop their fullest potential throughout life, regardless of their starting points. Through this movement, the skills, passion and contributions of every individual will drive Singapore’s next phase of development towards an advanced economy and inclusive society.
To find out more, refer to the SkillsFuture website.
Whether you’re a student or mid-career, check out the range of schemes and initiatives in place to help all Singaporeans in their journey of lifelong learning and skills mastery!
A one-stop portal that provides education, training and career guidance to empower Singaporeans to plan their learning throughout lives. Singaporeans can find industry insights, identify skills for various occupations and the relevant training courses, search for suitable jobs and manage their career and learning development.
For Singaporeans to understand how they can benefit from SkillsFuture programmes, and use the available resources and tools for their career planning and skills upgrading needs.
Overseas Singaporeans can use their SkillsFuture Credit to take up online courses to develop their skills. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above have a credit of S$500 which will not expire.
SkillsFuture for Digital Workplace
For individuals to understand emerging technologies and how they impact work, interpret and use data.
Honours individuals as masters of skills and mentors of future talent, with a monetary award of $10,000 to support their continued journey towards skills mastery.
Provides key information on sector and employment, career pathways, occupations/job roles, as well as existing and emerging skills required for the occupations/job roles, with a list of training programmes for skills upgrading and mastery. Individuals can understand the sector, prospects, emerging jobs and skills in demand better, and asses their career aspiration to make informed decisions.
SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy
To support mid-career individuals’ upskill and reskill, Singaporeans aged 40 years and above can receive at least 90% funding for programme costs for courses funded by the Ministry of Education and up to 90% funding for course fees for certifiable skills-training courses supported by SkillsFuture Singapore.
A curated list of short, industry-relevant training programmes that focuses on emerging skills in 8 identified categories, including data analytics, cybersecurity and entrepreneurship.
SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programme
Provides institution-based learning with structured on-the-job training to facilitate students’ transition from the universities to the workplace after graduation.
Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF)
IBF Careers Connect provides career advisory and matching services to Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents exploring a new role in, or career switch into the financial industry. They offer personalised services to discover your career interests, develop your skills and explore job opportunities.
In addition, Singaporeans overseas may arrange for a career advisory session via Skype during IBF’s operating hours (9am to 6pm on weekdays, excluding public holidays, Singapore Standard Time GMT +8). You may email IBF with your name, NRIC and contact number, and a career adviser will be in touch with you to arrange for your session.
Internships and Attachments
Experience first-hand the work culture in Singapore through an internship or attachment back home. There are various internships and attachments available for you during your summer/winter breaks. As applications for these programmes may open several months in advance, do be sure to plan ahead! You may refer to the websites below to get started on your search:
- A*STAR Research Attachment for Overseas Singaporeans (RAOS)
- SGInnovate Summation Apprenticeship Programme
Registering a Business in Singapore
Businesses are easily registered online at Bizfile by the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). You may register a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a company. The cost of registering a business is as low as S$65 and approval is usually given within a day, if there are no contentions regarding the name of the business. For a comprehensive guide on registering a business in Singapore, refer to the EnterpriseOne website.
Businesses have lots of choices when it comes to premises. From a simple home office to a flatted factory, a vast array of locales is available with accompanying facilities and services.
The Economic Development Board (EDB) maintains a list of business parks and specialised industrial parks.
Depending on your needs, there are various public sector agencies and statutory boards that oversee enterprise in Singapore, and have the relevant information to get your business started back home:
- SPRING Singapore is the enterprise development agency for growing innovative companies and fostering a competitive SME sector. It aids enterprises in financing, capabilities and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. It is also the national standards and accreditation body.
- International Enterprise (IE) Singapore under the Ministry of Trade and Industry helps to promote the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises.
- The Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) oversees the registration and regulation of business entities and public accountants, and also provides information on new business structures, compliance requirements, and corporate governance practices.
- The EnterpriseOne (One Network for Enterprises) portal is a one-stop site for enterprises looking to start, sustain and grow their businesses. Its extensive features link to government information and services and include industry guides and how-to guides.