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As of December 2006, foreigners made up 22% of the workforce in Singapore in the services industry, and 44% in the manufacturing industry were foreigners.

To help support Singapore’s economic growth, the Singapore Government openly makes known the type of global skilled and trained manpower they are on the lookout for in established sectors such as electronics and finance, and in emerging sectors such as the creative industries. Specifically, the 10 growth industries identified are: (1) Banking and Finance, (2) Biomedical Science, (3) Chemical, (4) Electronics and Precision Engineering, (5) Healthcare, (6) Info-communications technology, (7) Interactive digital media, (8) legal, (9) maritime services and (10) tourism. Click here for a list of events relating to employment in Singapore.

In addition, Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower identified a Strategic Skills List, which is a listing of skills and occupations strategic to key industries identified in Singapore. Foreigners who possess such skills are accorded added consideration in their work visa applications.

Companies and employers operating in Singapore in the growth industries are always on the lookout for international talent to work in their Singapore offices. Interested employers are a mix of both Singapore and global corporations such as Citigroup (Banking and Finance), ExxonMobil (Chemical), Singapore Press Holdings (Communications and Media), SIA Engineering Company (Electronics and Precision Engineering), Glaxo SmithKline (Healthcare), IBM (Info-Communications Technology), Neptune Orient Lines (Shipping Companies), HSH Nordbank (Maritime Finance), Jardine Lloyd Thomson (Maritime Insurance/P&I) Joseph Tan Jude Benny (Legal), Keppel Offshore and Marine (Offshore and Marine Engineering).

If you prefer to engage the services of an executive search firm, there are more than 1,100 licensed employment agencies, international search agencies and Singapore executive recruitment firms operating in Singapore. Click here for a listing of the executive search firms. An interesting article on what to expect of headhunters and how to manage executive search firms is available here.

Lastly, negotiate the salary minefield with confidence by researching the indicative salary compensations offered by companies operating in Singapore.

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At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.


Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.