Singapore by night

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  • 1 Raffles Place
  • #47-02 One Raffles Place Tower 1, 048616
  • Singapore
  • tel: +65 6818 3188

Morgan McKinley Singapore


We are Singapore’s foremost professional recruitment consultancy, sourcing the region’s leading talent since 2005. We have over 60 specialist consultants each focused on one of the professional areas outlined below, supported by a dedicated research function committed to growing our talent pool across our disciplines. 60% of our consultants are local with 40% from Europe or other APAC countries, mirroring Singapore’s position as an international financial and commercial centre.


We source talent for companies across the following disciplines.

Commerce, Industry and Professional Services:
- Accounting & Finance
- Sales & Marketing
- Information Technology
- Project & Change Management
- Supply Chain & Operations
- Procurement
- Contracting and Interim Solutions


Financial Services:
- Front Office - Investment Banking, Corporate Banking and Private Banking
- Operations
- Accounting & Finance
- Risk
- Audit
- Compliance
- Information Technology
- Project & Change Management
- Contracting and Interim Solutions


As well as being a market leader in each of our specialisations in the local recruitment market, we have enjoyed consistent success sourcing talent for other locations in SEA/ APAC and helping overseas candidates to find work in Singapore.


We also have a total talent solutions arm, M3S Solutions, which offers an extensive range of flexible talent solutions helping you with your hiring needs.


Leadership team

Gurj Sandhu
Managing Director | Singapore


At a Glance


  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
  • Administrative Divisions: none
  • Area: 718.3 sq km
  • Population: 5,469,700 (2014)
  • Legal system: Based on English Common Law with local differences
  • Capital: Singapore
  • Dialing code: +65
  • Time Zone: SST (UTC+8)
  • Literacy: 92.5%
  • Languages: English, Malay, Chinese, Tamil
  • Currency: Singapore dollar (SGD)
  • Per capita income (IMF 2013): $78,762 (Intl. $)
  • Life Expectancy (WHO 2011): Male: 80.2, Female: 84.6

Immigration & Visa


Singapore has an open immigration policy. Nationals of the UK and Australia do not require a Visa to enter Singapore. Instead, a social visit visa will be granted ranging from 14-90 days (this will be confirmed in your passport when you go through customers). If necessary you can apply for an extension of up to 90 days. A visa is required to work in Singapore.


You will need to apply for an Employment Pass (EP). EPs are issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and enable you to live and work in Singapore. You will need an EP to open a bank account, get a postpaid mobile phone contract and rent a property etc. EPs are usually valid for two years and when the EP expiry date approaches your employer will receive a renewal notification and submit the necessary form for renewal online.


The EP application process is fairly straightforward and can be started before you arrive in Singapore (if you have already secured employment). After providing the necessary information to your employer, they will submit an online EP application for you. Once the application is approved (this usually takes approximately two weeks), we will be issued with an online In-principle Approval letter. Once this letter has been issued you will need to collect the EP from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). You need to present your passport and the In-principle approval letter. The MOM office is located at 18 Havelock Road and is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 12pm on Saturday, although it’s best to go first thing in the morning to avoid long queues.

Passes for family members

Employment Pass holders can apply for a Dependant's Pass and/or Long-Term Social Visit Pass for their family members. Dependents' passes are issued to your spouse and unmarried/legally adopted children under the age of 21.


Long-Term Social Visit Passes are available for: common law spouse, unmarried daughters above 21 years, handicapped children, step children and parents/parents-in-law.


For more information on immigration issues please visit the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.


For more information on employment passes visit the Singapore Ministry of Manpower.

Banking & Tax


To open a bank account in Singapore, you will need a copy of your passport, Employment Pass, employer’s letter and, depending on the bank, a statement from a bank in your home country. Leading consumer banks in Singapore include Citibank, DBS, HSBC, OCBC, Standard Chartered and UOB. There are a large number of automatic teller machines (ATM) for withdrawing cash and Singapore also has a payless system called NETS for paying convenience. Most local banks will issue you with a NETS card.


Singapore has one of the lowest tax rates in the world. The amount of personal income tax payable depends on whether you hold tax resident or non-resident status and the income you earn. You are considered a resident if you are physically present or employed in Singapore for 183 days or more during the year preceding the year of assessment, in a capacity other than that of a director of a company. You are generally considered a non-resident if you have been in Singapore for less than 183 days in a calendar year.As a non-resident your tax rate is flat at 15%. As a resident for tax purposes the tax rates are scaled up to 20% max. You can calculate your own tax on the IRAS website.

Accommodation & Expenses


Singapore is a small country and most areas are within 45 minutes of the business centre, although each area has a distinctive feel.

Short term

For short term accommodation (i.e. than a year), serviced apartments are a good option. You could take this option while you are job searching as you cannot rent a property without an Employment Pass. Try:


Long term

HDB flats

The vast majority (more than 80%) of Singaporeans live in HDB flats. These government subsidised flats are located in housing estates, where most are developed neighbourhoods with schools, supermarkets, clinics, food centres and recreational facilities. A major advantage of the HDB accommodation is the reasonable rental rates. The flats range from one-room to five-room and executive models. To be eligible to rent a HDB flat you need to have an employment pass or be a permanent resident.


The rest of the population (including the majority of expats) live in private housing, such as condominiums.Condos are preferred by expats as they generally have a huge range of facilities such as gyms, pools, tennis courts, security and are often more aesthetically pleasing. Rental rates depend on the location, such as proximity to the MRT station and amenities, size and condition and whether the place is furnished, unfurnished or partially furnished. Condos are advertised in the classified advertisements of the Straits Times. You can also browse the following web sites:




Singapore’s medical facilities are among the finest in the world, with well qualified doctors and dentists. Singapore’s well-established healthcare system comprises a total of 13 private hospitals, 10 public (government) hospitals and several specialist clinics, each specialising in and catering to different patient needs, at varying costs.


You can walk in for a consultation at any private clinic or any government polyclinic. For emergency services, patients can go to the 24-hour Accident & Emergency Departments located in the government hospitals.


Pharmaceuticals are available from numerous outlets including supermarkets, department stores, hotels and shopping centres. Guardian and Watsons are the most famous outlets. Registered pharmacists work from 9am till 6pm, with some shops open until 10pm.

Travel Around

Singapore maps

Two excellent, easy to use and up-to-date websites for Singapore maps are:


MRT & bus networks

Singapore has a very efficient and simple to use transportation network. The MRT is Singapore’s equivalent to the London Underground or New York subway. It’s an excellent way to get around; modern, safe, reliable, air-conditioned, fast and inexpensive. Operating hours are from 05.30-00.30 and while it can get crowded during peak hours, train frequencies are adjusted accordingly and you can expect another train to arrive in just three to eight minutes.


For areas not on the MRT network, buses are also very efficient, and frequent and serve most areas. For regular commuting, buy the ezLink fare card ($12) which works seamlessly between the buses and MRT. It is available at all MRT stations and can be topped up easily at all MRT stations and some bus stops.

Travel outside of Singapore


One of the best things about living in Singapore is having the best of Asia at your doorstep. It is quite cheap and convenient to travel to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. Listed below are a number of websites and links which you may find useful when planning travel in Asia:


Come on Board


If you are interested in joining Morgan McKinley China, please contact Amanda Dai, Talent Acquisition Specialist at or +86 21 2287 3181