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Singapore – Nine out of 10 looking for overseas jobs

14 February 2014

Despite Singapore’s economic progress and the fact that many foreign professionals want to work in the country, a recent survey from online job board Jobstreet.com revealed that 88% of Singaporeans hope to build a career abroad, reports sbr.com.sg.

Almost a third (28%) of working Singaporeans say they were actively looking for overseas career opportunities to build their professional profiles. Six out of 10 (60%) said they intended to work abroad at some point of their careers, while only 12% said they preferred to remain in Singapore.

Enhancing future employability with international exposure is the biggest draw for 35% of Singaporeans wanting overseas work experience, followed by better pay and living conditions with 24%. The majority of respondents who intend to pursue their careers abroad plan to return home after three to five years. Unsurprisingly, respondents with fewer years of work experience are more willing to work abroad for longer periods.

Of those respondents who wanted a career abroad but will not pursue one, cited family commitments as the main factor that is stopping them from leaving Singapore. Other considerations such as better remuneration packages, job opportunities, and political stability at home dissuaded Singaporeans from looking for a career abroad.

Australia emerged as the preferred country for Singaporeans with 27% identifying the country as the best country for overseas employment.

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