Fifteen reasons why (Barrington James) Singapore is a great place to work

1. Salaries are extremely lucrative

The economy is booming, Asian companies are hungry to acquire talent and Barrington James are continuing its expansion. Our recruiters are offered very competitive salaries and an industry leading commission structure.

2. Singapore ranks second as the most globalized economy in the world

Our APAC Director (Matthew Bulley) summarises Singapore as “a brilliant country to live in” and a country “that is run like a well structured company”.
The Global Competitiveness Report 2014 – 2015 named Singapore as the world’s second prospering economy. What does that mean for our Consultants? Great clients, ambitious candidates, high wages, excellent working conditions and world class business development and staff investment opportunities.

3. Progressive and generous personal tax system

Barrington James Non-residents are expected to pay a flat rate of 15% from all income gained in Singapore. In addition, all of your earnings gained overseas and brought to the country are not subjected to any taxes. A very attractive proposition for successful recruiters.

4. Travel Hub

Singapore is a travel hub for Asia, with thousands of flights coming in and going out of Changi Airport. Living in Singapore gives you the opportunity to take advantage of our Duvet Days and Birthday breaks to be able to take weekend breaks in exotic travel havens like Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia. The cheapest flights can be found for less than $100 and there are plenty of regular buses to Malaysia and Thailand, making travel even more affordable. The downside to living in such a great location? You’ll be sure to run out of annual leave!

5. Getting a work/residence permit is really easy

With a population of only five million, and dropping fertility rates, Singapore is highly interested in acquiring new residence and skilled labour to boost the country’s economy. Barrington James will support your work permit application and fund your initial Recruitment based government training programme. We often receive a decision on the application within three days of submission, meaning there’s very little delay. It’s worth noting that having a University degree is almost essential to secure a work permit.

6. And the same with permanent residence status

If you have lived and worked in Singapore for over a year and enjoyed your experience, you can start considering applying for a permanent resident card. Again, the whole process can be done online (with our support) without much hassle or paperwork involved. Among the factors of a successful outcome are your age (ideally below 50), your educational background (degrees obtained in Singaporean universities will earn you extra points), the industry you work and your ability to speak one of the four ‘local’ languages. However unlike securing a work permit the application time can take up to six months.

7. The Food

Singapore is a city that loves to ear. The food here is a major draw. There can’t be many places in the world where the food gets this good, or varied. There is an eatery out there for every budget. From noodles at one of the many Hawker stalls to fine dining at some of the top (and most expensive) Western and Asian restaurants in the world. Check out every food store you visit, there is so much to try!

8. Excellent public transport links

Singapore has an excellent public transport system and the best, most cost- effective way of getting around the island state is via the Buses and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT for short). The MRT is a better version of the London Underground (and it has air conditioning).

9. The adaptation process is easy

Singapore has a population of approximately 4.7 million and the local society is healthy mix of Singaporean, Chinese, Malay, Indian and British cultures with 42% of population being foreigners. As English is the main working language you won’t experience the dreaded language barrier and will be able to hit the ground running.

The major supermarkets stock a number of products favoured by Brits so you wont have to go far to find a tin of Heinz Beans or a bottle of HP Sauce.

Singaporeans are generally very comfortable with diversity and have been very welcoming to foreigners.

If you’re planning on starting a family while in Singapore, you’ll be pleased to know that the standard of education is top class. There are numerous international and English schools available, along with pre-school day-care centers, so your children will be well catered for.

10. Barrington James Board and Executive Partners

Barrington James “Board and Executive Partners” division currently operates exclusively from Singapore. So if you’re a Recruiter who is interested in moving in to pure Executive Search function, this could be an ideal opportunity.

11. Absolute political stability

The Singaporean government is known for conducting open and fair policy towards constantly introducing new laws, tax relieves and regulations to enhance the countries’ business environment even more.

12. Low crime rates and zero corruption

Currently ranked the 5th least corrupted country in the world. Our APAC Director describes Singapore as “one of the safest places he’s ever had the pleasure of working”. When living and working in Singapore you don’t need to worry about your belongings getting stolen, nor your life threatened. Besides, you don’t need to have any sort of “special connections” to do business and get through all the legal and bureaucratic procedures.

13. Singapore is rated #1 as the best labour force in the world

Our clients are growing. Their need for skilled labour is increasing and the desire to use Barrington James is becoming more prevalent.

14. You can become a millionaire in less than 10 years (a lot less than 10 years).

According to a recent report issued by Boston Consulting Group, over one half of wealthy Singaporeans accumulated the majority of their wealth in less than 10 years. That’s the quickest growing rate in the world. Now, Singapore boasts one of the highest millionaires’ density in the world with 8.8% of the population having assets over one million US dollars.

The phenomenon exists due to the ease of doing businesses in Singapore, advantageous location with easy access to nearby booming markets of India, Indonesia and Malaysia and quick implementation of progressive new technologies.

15. The Weather

Temperatures range from 22 to 34 degrees Celsius. Singapore can be very humid, but our staff are allowed to dress for the occasion (think shorts and polo shirt).

And if the above wasn’t enough, then there’s the fun stuff like;

Going for a swim in an Infinity pool in the sky

The pool, at 55 stories high, is the largest in the world at its height. Find it at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel (which also happens to be the most expensive stand alone casino in the world, valued at a mere $8 billion).

Going shopping and spending your commission on Louis Vuitton Island.


Louis Vuitton’s new concept store “Island Maison,” replete with a bookstore, art gallery and, of course, a Louis Vuitton store.

Checking out the only Formula One night race in the world, the Singapore Grand Prix


The event, which began officially in 2010, is nothing short of a 10-day extravaganza. Known colloquially as “Grand Prix Season,” the week leading up to the race is full of parties, concerts, and race themed shopping and dining.

If you’re already in Singapore or are interested in relocating, then we want to hear from you. Contact our Internal Recruitment team today to discuss the opportunities currently available at Barrington James Singapore.

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