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A small island nation to the south of the Malaysian Peninsula proclaimed fully independent in 1965 has risen to the greatest economic heights in the 21st Century. Key achievements of Singapore are -

  • It has the second-highest per capita GDP (PPP).
  • It is the third least corrupt country.
  • It is the most business-friendly country.
  • Singapore has very low tax rates.
  • It is a major FDI outflow-financer in the world.

Singapore is the most water-stressed country in the world. Hence, water is a precious resource for them. The country relies on rainfall to cover most of its water requirements. Dry spells can cause water shortages, but they have developed a water purification system called NEWater. It recycles the used water in 4 stages. This recycled water is safe to drink and is distributed to the drinking reservoirs of the city. But, it is mostly used by the industries.

The biggest skill gap faced by Singapore is the Data Skill Gap. As per a survey by Accenture and Qlik, 90% of employees in Singapore were able to recognize the importance of Data. But, only 26% of them are comfortable working with data. Others feel overwhelmed when applying their data literacy skills, i.e., reading, understanding, analyzing, and working with data.

Overview of Singapore

Capital City: Singapore

Population: 5.77 Million in 2020 (estimated to be almost 5.9 million in 2021)

Nominal GDP Estimate (FY21): USD 379 Billion (SGD 511.65 Billion)

Nominal GDP (FY20): USD 337.45 Billion (SGD 455.56 Billion)

Inflation: 1.10%

Currency: Singapore Dollars (SGD/S$)

Unemployment: 2.60%

Economic Overview

The economy of Singapore has been ranked the most open economy by the World Economic Forum. It has the second-highest per capita GDP (PPP) in the world. Singapore is a leader in re-exporting goods after importing the raw materials and manufacturing the finished products. Since there is minimal arable land in the country, Singapore relies on agrotechnology for its food requirements. Singapore has the 2nd rank in the EODB index (Ease of Doing Business).

Along with this, Government-owned enterprises are also crucial for the economy of Singapore. Singapore is a major FDI outflow financer to other countries. The economy is focused on Human Resources and easing life with the incidence of technology. It was ranked second in the Scientific American Biotechnology rankings of 2014. Water scarcity has caused its fair share of concerns, but the economic giant has used technology to its strength and introduced NEWater. This technology recycles the used water and makes it drinkable. This has mostly solved the issue of water.

Market Size

The economy of Singapore is based on value addition through various services and manufacturing processes. Hence the share of Agriculture in its GDP is minuscule. Singapore's economy is mainly driven by exports in electronics and machinery, financial & wealth management services, tourism, and the busiest cargo seaport in the world. The contribution to GDP by each sector is as follows:

  • Agriculture: 0.5%
  • Industry: 24.80%
  • Services: 75.20%

A Brief Glimpse of Industries

Singapore's government is planning to emphasize the development of aerospace, creative industries, electronics, information technology, logistics and supply chain, medical technology, pharma and biotechnology, and business services. The government policies are focused on achieving the highest standards and becoming the global leader in these sectors.

The major industries in Singapore are:

  • Electronics
  • Chemicals
  • Financial Services
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Biotechnology
  • Tourism & Medical Tourism
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Oil Drilling Equipment
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Biomedical Products
  • Scientific Instruments
  • Telecom Equipment
  • Rubber
  • Food and Beverages
  • Ship Repairs
  • Offshore Construction
  • Life Sciences
  • Re-exportation

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Singapore depends on the region that you live in. The Urban Redevelopment Authority has divided Singapore into five major regions. These are Central, North, North-East, East & West regions. The Central Region is the most expensive while the North Region is the least expensive. The rent expenditure varies greatly among these regions. This can cause a dent in your budget.

A Breakdown of the Average Cost of Living in Singapore

Category Area Of Expense Estimated Monthly Cost (USD) Estimated Monthly Cost (SGD)
Rent 1-3 Bedroom Accommodation 1,400 - 4,000 1,900 - 5,500
Food Cost of the food basket for a family of 4 1,100 - 2,200 1,500 - 3,000
Transport Public Transport 60 - 370 80 - 500
Utilities Water, Electricity, Gas, Garbage, Cooling, Heating, Mobile Tariff, and Internet 240 - 630 350 - 850

Cost of Renting

The most expensive cost for you in Singapore is the Rental Cost. It can vary on an average between USD 1,400 - USD 4,000 per month. But it can go up to USD 7,000 if you wish to rent accommodation in locations like Orchard Road. Rent varies depending on the regions you are looking to live in. The Government of Singapore recognizes five regions:

  • Central Region (Most Expensive)
  • North Region (Least Expensive)
  • North-East Region
  • East Region
  • West Region

As we have discussed the regions of Singapore, let's see the average monthly cost of living (in USD) for each of these regions.

Regions of Singapore Average Monthly Salary in (USD) Average Monthly Cost of Living in (USD) Average Monthly Rent in (USD)
North Region $3,500 ~ $10,000 $2,500 ~ $5,100 $1,100 ~ $1,900
North-East Region $3,500 ~ $10,000 $2,650 ~ $5,200 $1,250 ~ $2,000
East Region $3,500 ~ $10,000 $2,600 ~ $5,200 $1,200 ~ $2,000
West Region $3,500 ~ $10,000 $3,400 ~ $6,200 $2,000 ~ $3,000
Central Region $3,500 ~ $10,000 $4,300 ~ $8,400 $2,900 ~ $5,200

The Top Sectors that are Expected to Hire in Singapore in 2021

Here's the list of industries that are hiring the most in Singapore in 2021. We have also shown the GDP contribution of these industries in the following table:

Industrial Sector GDP Contribution
Manufacturing 20.9%
Wholesale & Retail Trade 17.3%
Business Services 14.8%
Banking, Finance & Insurance 13.9%
Transportation, Logistics & storage 6.7%
IT & Communication 4.3%
Building & Construction 7.5%
Accommodation, Food Services & Utilities 3.3%

Top Skills to Hire in Singapore

The companies in Singapore are looking for candidates who can fit in the following roles in 2021:

  • Accounting
  • Aged Care Workers
  • Cybersecurity Specialists
  • Data Scientists
  • HR Professionals
  • Customer Service Executives
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • UI/UX Professionals
  • Helpdesk

Top Skills City-Wise Occupation-Wise

Singapore in itself is a city. So it is tough to divide the job opportunities based on the regions of the city. But the industry-wise list of popular roles is as follows:

Name of Industry List of Occupations
Finance Industry
  • Compliance Managers
  • Risk Managers
  • Product Controllers
  • Investment Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Research Analysts
Manufacturing Industry
  • Electronic and Precision Manager
  • Chemicals and Biomedicals
  • Aerospace and Marine Offshore
Construction Industry
  • Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Supervisors
  • Project Managers (Building & Construction)
Healthcare Industry
  • Medical Physicians
  • Specialist Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Pharmacists
IT and Digital Media Industry
  • Programmers
  • Software Engineers
  • Systems Analysts
  • IT Project Managers
  • Graphic Designers
  • VFX Artists
  • Concept Artists
Tourism and Retail Industry
  • Lighting and Sound Designers
  • Stage Designers
  • Museum and Art Curators
  • Technical Crew
  • Auctioneers

Hiring Cost

We can divide this cost into two parts:

  • Pre-hiring cost: This includes the cost incurred in screening, interviewing, and onboarding the candidates.
  • Post-hiring cost: The post-hiring cost includes the salary, allowances, taxes, and other compensations that you have to pay for hiring an employee in Singapore.

Salary Structure for Various Roles

Here are the highest paying jobs in Singapore in 2021 and the Average Salaries per annum in both USD & SGD.

Working areas Average Annual Salary By Survey (in USD) Average Annual Salary By Survey (in SGD)
Medical Physician 73,600 99,000
IT Manager 69,000 93,000
University Lecturer 68,300 92,000
Finance Manager 67,500 91,000
Operations Manager 63,000 85,000
Sales Manager 63,000 85,000
Project Manager 60,000 81,000
Marketing Manager 58,500 79,000
Financial Analyst 58,000 78,300
Product Manager 57,300 77,300

Employment Laws in Singapore

The major law that governs employment in Singapore is the Employment Act. It limits the working hours for the population earning less than SGD 2,600 per month to a maximum of 8 hours a day and 44 hours a week. An employee cannot be asked to work for more than 6 hours without a break.

Other laws that govern the employment scenario are:

  • Child Development Co-Savings Act
  • Employment of Foreign Manpower Act
  • Retirement & Re-employment Act
  • Work Injury Compensation Act, 2019
  • Workplace Safety and Health Act

How Can Skuad Help You in Hiring in Singapore?

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