Singapore Salary

Old Jul 18th 2016, 8:20 pm
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I have just interviewed for a School in Singapore and wondered if you would mind helping me out ?
The salary is $6,000 Singapore dollars per month with no housing allowance,medical cover is included. What would be the minimum salary to enjoy a comfy lifestyle and be able to explore the region and save a little.
It seems low to me, I don't want to struggle month to month and not enjoy the benefits of being in such a place.
Thanks in advance, please respond ASAP as I need to make a decision.
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Old Jul 18th 2016, 9:46 pm
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Is that before or after tax??
Assuming before tax then :
Depending on your lifestyle and where you live you might get by.
You won't save much if anything.
Ideally you'd want an additional S$2000 pm and even then ...
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Old Jul 18th 2016, 10:41 pm
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I assume it is before tax, no housing allowance. Is that all I would be able to do on it is get by ?
No saving, no trips away on the weekends diving, hawker stalls for food etc
Would you say no way !
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Old Jul 19th 2016, 12:44 pm
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They have upped it to $7k
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Old Jul 20th 2016, 6:13 am
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I have lots of teacher friends and I don't know what their salary is (I assume it's around the same as this) but I know that they ALL receive a housing allowance in addition which is around $3600 pm - essentially means they live rent-free. They have very comfortable lives, travel a lot, save, go out a lot etc etc.
If you're job is at an international school I would definitely say no housing allowance is not the norm. Which school is it?
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Old Jul 20th 2016, 6:23 am
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Its the winstedt school.
So 7k would be a struggle in Singapore ?
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I don't think you'd necessarily struggle but compared to other teachers at international schools you wouldn't be as well off. Put it this way, your costs are likely to be something like:
Rent: $3.5k
Tax: $700
Utilities: $200
Which would leave you around $2.6k for food, going out, shopping etc. People certainly survive on less but it isn't a huge amount, especially as it doesn't include any kind of savings. As ex reg said, another $1-2k would make you a little more comfortable but that would still be the minimum you'd need to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
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You really need to find the going rate for international teachers here before you do too much more negotiation. You have made a good start by coming on here.

As other posters have said it is standard to receive an accommodation allowance, medical insurance and paid flights every two years. Get a full written offer and check it through very carefully before signing. Make sure the employer covers all costs of getting a work permit.

If you are at any kind of specialist school and/or teaching a specialised subject then as a foreigner you have skills that are in short supply here. Its best not to get here and then find out that your employer has low-balled you.
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While the salary looks good, the package is questionable. Good salary sometimes ‘hide’ your real compensation needs, because that’s what a normal working person always think of first , that is “salary” only. As an expat your real needs is different, you need a “compensation” first and then benefits.The employer will always leave out something. Don’t ever think they list down all your needs. They basically use a “generic” expat package for you. Do you think they will offer an “ideal” expat package for you.

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