Work in Singapore


Singapore has a well-developed job market with numerous outlets providing information on employment opportunities, including dedicated websites, agencies and professional recruiters. Many multinationals also have major hubs in Singapore and the latter regularly advertise vacancies and rotational programmes on their own websites.

Recruitment websites

Many of the websites which offer job opportunities internationally also have dedicated opportunities in Singapore. This includes, and Monster, which generally have an extensive range of offerings which can be filtered for salary requirements and work characteristics. These websites are generally the best way of finding openings as they are regularly updated, and often offer the ability for applicants to set notifications when jobs with specific criteria appear.

 Useful Links:‎
Jobs Bank:
Job street:
Consultants & Accountants recruitment websites:


Depending on the type of jobs you are seeking and the level at which you are seeking to be recruited, it might be worthwhile to contact one of the many headhunters which operate in Singapore. Professionals from the consulting and financial sectors will find that it is often very convenient to go through headhunters since the latter will be well informed of the latest recruitment trends as well as salary bands. There are numerous generalist and specialist firms in operation in Singapore, including entities such as Robert Walters. For candidates with little understanding of the Singaporean market, it is highly advisable to reach out to recruitment agencies for a preliminary discussion and in order to streamline your job search strategy.

 Useful Links:

Kerry Consulting executive search:
Michael Page:
Robert Walters :
Hudson Recruitment & Talent Management:
Monroe Consulting Group:

Temporary work and staffing agencies

Provided you are able to secure temporary working permits, international temporary work and staffing agencies are present and very active in Singapore. Temporary work is generally challenging to secure for foreign workers with little or no experience of Singapore, and it is highly advisable to prioritise long-term opportunities. CVs can generally be submitted online, and email or telephone contact can also be established in order to investigate opportunities.

 Useful Links:

Adecco Singapore:
Manpower Singapore:
Randstad Interim Singapore:
Robert Half:
SG Recruiters:

Company websites

Many international companies offer Singapore-specific opportunities, including rotational programmes as well as openings for experienced professionals. Every year, Randstad, the recruitment specialists elect Singapore’s most attractive employers, selected from a range of renowned corporations including DHL, Deloitte, SATS or Citibank to name a few. For professionals seeking openings in specific industries, it is highly advisable to check company websites or to reach out directly to HR staff from these companies, either directly by email or through LinkedIn. Finally, many of these corporations visit campuses around the world to recruit for their Singaporean hubs, and generally advertise these recruitment rounds online.

Binational chambers of commerce

Chambers of commerce are also an interesting way of seeking opportunities in Singapore. Generally the chambers hold directories of foreign companies, job listings and tips on securing employment. Examples of such chambers include the American and British chambers of commerce.

Singapore is thoroughly westernized and has a dynamic job market. In addition to the various outlets described above, do not hesitate to send unsolicited emails or seek meetings with alumni from the universities in which you studied. This is particularly true if you are looking for very specific opportunities. Whereas most job searches can be done remotely, it is definitely better to organize a visit to Singapore and hold face to face meetings with potential recruiters.

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Don't forget JobCentral, StJobs, and JobsBank as they are some of the most popular job search sites in Singapore!

4 years ago

Even more than in many other places, the best way to find a job in Singapore is through personal connections. Basically, it is not about who you are, but about who you know! For a foreigner without connections, it means an extended stay in the country while attending trade fairs and professional events, contacting suitable people in his/her industry (e.g. through Linkedin or similar professional social networks) and intensive networking by all available means can be required to find a job. Since a visit of just a few weeks will not be enough for this, you should stay the maximum time allowed (89 days for most nationalities) and come back for a second stint if needed.

4 years ago

Since most Singapore companies do not pay for travel to job interviews and thus will not consider applicants who are currently outside of the country, any serious job seeker should arrange an extended trip to Singapore (several months) for the job search. Please also note that headhunting agencies in Singapore work for employers only and offer very limited services to applicants, other than keyword matching to listed vacancies. They are also not allowed (by law) to charge the applicant any fee.

7 years ago

Hi there, is another great site to search for jobs in Singapore.


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