For expats looking for an improved quality of life and greater economic opportunities, Singapore is the place to go. The country comes 3rd in both the Expat Economics and Expat Experience league tables this year, topping the latter for Asia countries.
Most expats enjoy the diverse range of food available (74%), commenting on its multicultural influences and the central role it plays in the Singaporean lifestyle. Many pulled out the hawker centres with their “low cost, high quality, authentic food” as being a particularly interesting part of the cultural experience, with almost two-thirds (65%) saying they enjoy shopping for local produce at the local markets. The country performs solidly in all areas accounting for quality of life, consistently in line with global averages for expats having high quality accommodation (44% compared with 40% globally), an active social life (31% compared with 28% globally) and good access to healthcare (48% compared with 38% globally).
Getting set up in Singapore is a relatively simple process for new expats. Just over two-thirds (67%) say it was easy to organise their finances when relocating and three-quarters say they had little difficulty in setting up their utilities (76% compared with a global average of 56%). In terms of lifestyle, most found it easy to fit in with Singaporean culture (71%), with over seven in ten (73%) saying they found the weather easy to get used to and an impressive 88% saying they quickly got used to travelling around the local area.
The majority of expats moved to Singapore for better job prospects (60%), and given that 78% of expats are in full-time employment (compared with the global average of 58%), they’ve made a safe choice. Generally, people are satisfied with the state of the Singaporean economy (88%) and most have greater levels of disposable income since moving to the country (64% compared with the global average of 53%). Nearly six in ten expats there associate Singapore with higher salaries and lower taxes (both 56%). However, life in Singapore is expensive. More than three-quarters of expats pay more for their accommodation than they did at home (77%), significantly higher than the global average of 52%. Most also spend more on going out (67%), groceries (63%), healthcare (58%) and utilities (53%) than before they moved to the country.
This theme carries on when expats discuss raising children in Singapore, with 87% saying it is more expensive to do so than at home. Well over three-quarters of those paying for their children’s education find it more expensive than educating them at home (83%). However, for this money, 70% say their children get a better quality of education than they would have had otherwise. A considerable majority feel that living in Singapore means their children have a better quality of life (71%) and even more, that it is a safe place to raise a child (86%).
"Every group lives peacefully united and in harmony with each other regardless of race, religion or colour. The mouth-watering food and different customs and festivals are to die for. It is simply a beautiful place to experience." – Expat in Singapore
|Country of origin:||23%||Malaysia|
|Occupation:||24%||Banking, Insurance, Financial Services|
|13%||Telecommunications, IT & Internet|
|Age:||36%||18 - 34|
|55%||35 - 54|