Facts About Living in Singapore
Singapore is among thebest cosmopolitan cities of Asia and still retains its old British colonial charm. Located on the southern tip of Malaysia, Singapore is a hub for the regional financial markets and is also ranked among top five foreign exchange trading centers of the world. Though the strict rules of living here are authoritarian, it helps to keep the city safe and clean despite having a large multi-cultured population of more than five million across various ethnic and religious backgrounds. Finding a job in Singapore is not easy as local residents are well educated and competition is tough if you do not know the local language.
Cost of living and local climate – As Singapore lies close to the equator the weather is warm and humid all around the year with heavy rainfall during Monsoon. The level of humidity rises with rainfall and is usually between 22-34°C making the months between November and December wet and humid. The high standards of living in this city are expensive making Singapore one among top 10 most expensive destinations in the world. Expats moving in from low inexpensive locations in Asia and Europe find property prices exorbitant in Singapore. Taxes in this city on entertainment like dining and dining in restaurants is very expensive, making it difficult for people coming from pub cultures to socialize with friends. People who wish to own a television have to pay license fee. You can only drive a right hand drive car in Singapore and have to convert existing driving license to a Singapore one within one year of your stay.
Job and career opportunities – As a technically qualified professional you can get a job in Singapore easily as it the hub for the region’s financial markets. Besides jobs in banking sector, experienced people can apply for opportunities in shipping, IT, electronics and education. The job market in this city has been relatively buoyant despite of the international recession forcing talented people across to world to seek career opportunities here. The best bet would be look for friends and acquaintances in Singapore that can refer your name for job opportunities and it may help you get a job easily. Spouses cannot work in with expatriates unless they own a valid employment pass and a job offer.
The Expatriate Information Desk has an online city guide which can help potential expats understand all details about residential communities close to schools and other educational institutions.