Teaching English in Singapore
Teaching positions in Singapore are considered amongst the most sought after globally. When teaching English in Singapore, you can expect high wages, low tax rates, and higher living standards compared to other parts of East Asia. The school calendar follows the same schedule as most of North America, with the hiring season running from November – April. However, applications are accepted year around. Teaching contracts typically range from 1 to 3 years and schools typically require a proper teaching license and/or degree in Education. Teaching salaries in Singapore can range from 40,000 – 80,000 SGP annually, plus housing stipend and other benefits.
Teaching vacancies in Singapore are very competitive since it is an established market with established schools and low staff turnover. Expectations from schools are high and they seek to hire stable teachers, with a solid background. Apply early because these positions will fill fast.
Introduction to Singapore
Singapore is a global finance industry hub located in Southeast Asia. The World Bank consistently ranks Singapore amongst the best places in the world to do business. It has a population of 5.5 million residents and has 63 islands in total. It has a tropical rainforest climate so it’s pleasant year-round. Singapore is 715 Sq./ KM.
Here are some interesting facts about Singapore:
- One third of residents speak English as their home language
- Singapore doesn’t recognize daylight savings time
- The official languages are: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil.
- It has one of the world’s lowest unemployment rate
- 42% of population are foreigners
- Singapore is usually in the top 3 most expensive cities to live along with Hong Kong and Zurich.
- The internet connection speeds in Singapore are some of the fastest in the world
Singapore is a highly developed nation and active on the Internet. Facebook is the most popular social network and Instagram is the second most popular social network. Expect startup costs to be a minimum of $2K USD when relocating to Singapore. Most international banks have a location in Singapore but also local banks will be able to accept MasterCard, Visa, and Union Pay at local ATMs.
Living in Singapore definitely has it’s travel perks. You can travel domestically visiting sights like the Singapore River, The Singapore Flyer, Singapore Zoo, and Gardens by the Bay. Take your talents abroad and visit neighboring countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and more in Southeast Asia. Because English is one of the official languages, foreigners need not worry about having a language barrier. English is the public administration and professional language of choice.
Singapore is always ranked among the top countries with the best healthcare facilities available. Expats can use both public and private health facilities for their needs.
Things to do
Singapore is an international hub and the nightlife reflects that. With a busy downtown comparable to any major western city, you’ll find plenty of things to do. On websites such as Timeout Singapore and yoursingapore.com, you’ll find things from art exhibits, networking events, major Futbol games, international conventions and more.
Check out the job board now to see currently posted openings in Singapore and apply today. Teaching Nomad will be there every step of the way to ensure you a smooth transition to this great country.