The 2016 Singapore Marriage and Parenthood (M&P) Study was prepared by the National Population and Talent Authority, Strategy Group, Office of the Prime Minister. This study was conducted in Singapore to understand societal attitudes and perceptions about marriage and parenting. Similar studies were carried out in 2004, 2007 and 2012. In August-December 2016, a total of 2,940 single (never married) and 2,861 married Singaporeans aged 21 to 45 were interviewed, most of whom expressed a desire to start a family.
4 out of 10 residents (41%) of Singapore have never met for the purpose of marriage, 59% currently do not meet seriously, and 42% prefer casual dates. 83% of single bachelors (aged 21-35) indicated that they intend to marry, up from 86% in 2012. However, many of them are not active in dating.
Over 70% of Singaporeans who are/have been in a serious relationship indicated that they met their partner through friends, at school or in the workplace. The survey also found that single respondents were most comfortable meeting partners through friends (86%), recreational/social activities (85%), or colleagues (79%). About 43% were satisfied with meeting a partner through online dating sites or apps, more than doubled from 19% in 2012. Among Singaporeans who meet/met seriously, 13% met their partner through online channels, which is almost double the 7% in 2012.
Dr. Matthew Matthews emphasized that while most Singaporeans still seek to get married, a significant proportion of residents do not meet seriously. “The main reason mentioned by Singaporeans when justifying the choice of a frivolous relationship is the lack of opportunity to find a partner. However, about half of those who did not date said they preferred dating. At the same time, this latest study also showed that friends and colleagues can play an important role in helping single people find their life partner. Advances in technology have led to the emergence of new dating opportunities for singles. Singaporeans have become more open to online dating. Hopefully more residents will be proactive and take responsibility for their lives in terms of dating, just as they do their careers or pursue other personal interests. "
The enthusiasm among parents-to-be in Singapore is growing. When asked about the ideal number of children, the vast majority (92%) indicated they would prefer to have 2 or more children, up from 91% in 2012. The respondents who indicated that they are unlikely to have children at all or to give birth even when there is 1 child in the family cited both practical problems (for example, financial difficulties, lack of appropriate conditions for care) and difficulties in managing work as a rationale for their decision and family needs.
Almost all (99%) of married respondents agreed that fathers and mothers are equally important in raising children, and 95% agree that both parents should share the same responsibilities in the home. However, most of the childcare responsibilities, such as staying at home with the baby to feed and bathe, are still carried out by mothers when sick. On average, mothers reported that household spending was 2.6 hours on a typical weekday (3.7 hours in 2012), nearly double the 1.5 hours spent by fathers (1, 4 hours in 2012).
Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs) are desirable for both men and women and are especially important for families with very young children. The vast majority of married respondents agreed that the availability of FWA would make it easier for them to start a family (87%) and allow them to have more children (79%). If the family has a child aged 0 to 6, “full-time work with FWA” was the most preferred option for men and women, more than “full-time work” (without FWA) and “full-time work”, “part-time working day".
With a child between 0 and 18 months in the family, women who are married stated that they would rather not work (38%) than those who prefer to work full-time with FWA (36 %). Even among those who choose not to work when the child was an infant, most want to return to work when their child is older.
FWAs also help companies attract talent and build employee commitment. 8 out of 10 married respondents cite flexible working arrangements as an important factor when choosing an employer. About 89% agreed that they were more likely to join an FWA provider, and 91% agreed that they were more likely to stay with an FWA provider. About 81% said that providing an FWA is an important factor in choosing an organization for their career.
An Employment Pass (EP) is a type of work visa for foreign professionals, managers and owners/directors of companies in Singapore. There is no quota system that limits the number of permits that can be issued to one company. This guide article provides details on the requirements, procedure, processing time and other relevant information on the Singapore work permit process. The terms and conditions of the Employment Pass and Employment Visa are used interchangeably in this guide.
You can apply for an Employment Pass in Singapore if:
- You are one of the owners/directors of a Singapore company and would like to move to Singapore in order to manage the company and conduct an active business. Please note that if the company is newly incorporated and you own more than 30% of the shares, you can also apply for a Singapore work permit as an Entrepreneur Pass.
- You are hiring foreign staff for your company in Singapore. In this case, your company needs to apply for a Singapore Employment Work Permit for each such employee.
Employment pass is usually issued for a period of 1-2 years, and after this period it is renewable. A work permit (work visa) visa allows you to work and live in Singapore and leave/enter the country freely without entry visas (tourist). Having received the Employment pass, in the future you can apply for a Permanent Residence.
Key facts and requirements for obtaining an Employment Pass as a type of work visa in Singapore:
- salary from S $ 5,000 per month (we recommend specifying a salary of S $ 8,000 per month);
Your hard work experience and good salary can compensate for the lack of a good education in some cases. Your offer of employment in Singapore must match your previous experience.
For immediate family members (spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21), Singapore Employment Pass holders can apply for a family visa, which is for dependents and is called Dependant Pass. Applicants for this Singapore residence permit will be automatically approved if the Employment Pass application is approved. You can apply for a Dependant Pass at the same time or any time after the Employment Pass is approved. The expiry date of the Dependent Pass authorization/permits will be the same as the Employment Pass.
The sixth session of the meeting of the Russian-Singaporean Intergovernmental Commission took place in Moscow on November 17-18. The meeting was attended by First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister-Coordinator for Economic and Social Policy of Singapore - Tharman Shanmugaratnam. During the session, measures were considered to deepen investment ties and exchange experience on management and personnel policy, as well as to strengthen cooperation in agriculture, culture, higher education and other areas. It should be noted that at the end of 2014, the volume of bilateral trade amounted to USD 8 billion. Also Shuvalov and Shanmugaratnan opened the Russian-Singaporean business forum.
During the meeting, representatives of the countries not only confirmed the growth of bilateral relations, but also discussed further directions of development. First of all, the parties discussed the further direction of economic and business cooperation, in particular, strengthening trade and investment ties. For this, it was decided to start negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement between Singapore and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which consists of 5 countries: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. In addition, Russia and Singapore welcome further cooperation between the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and the Monetary Authority of Singapore on a number of issues of interest to both sides.
The governments of Russia and Singapore are interested in further cooperation between Moscow and Singapore companies in various fields, including the development of transport infrastructure, cooperation in the field of integrated security of megacities and the development of other cities of the Russian Federation, in the field of urban management and so on.
Among the illustrative examples of cooperation between Singapore and Russia, one can note the work of Changi Airport International on the development and management of the Vladivostok international airport, which in the future Russia plans to focus on trade with the Far East. Singapore companies are interested in cooperation with Russian maritime companies, as well as enterprises specializing in the production of food products. Fruitful cooperation between companies in these sectors of the economy will increase the export of goods to the markets of the two countries. Also, Singaporean companies cooperate with Russian companies in the development of transport solutions and the development of a joint product Agilfence (a company in Singapore ST Electronics), the supply of aviation fuel (Tanstarr Group) and liquefied natural gas (Pavilion Energy) and much more.
The Singaporean government intends to consult with various Russian government agencies to identify potential areas for further cooperation and to inform Singaporean companies about the potential of each area.
In addition, the representatives of Singapore and Russia confirmed their intention to promote the use of the Singapore judicial system for the resolution of commercial disputes. The Singapore International Arbitration Center is one of the leading international arbitration centers, which is highly regarded not only for its impartiality, but also for its efficiency. Therefore, according to Shanmugaratnan, it can be used by Russian companies to resolve disputes related to business obligations in the region.
The Civil Collegium of Singapore and the Ministry of the Open Government of Russia have developed a program for the exchange of experience in the areas of good governance and smart technologies, under which Russian representatives will visit Singapore. According to the official statement of the Minister for the Open Government, Mikhail Abyzov, dated November 18, approximately 100 federal officials will undergo training in international practices in Singapore in 2016, including managers from the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Only people with great potential and desire to implement the acquired knowledge in their region will be included in the number of “chosen ones”. It is worth noting that recently the Russian government has been working on a program for changing the quality standards of public administration, within the framework of which the culture of public service will undergo changes, organizational and technical innovations will be introduced.
In the field of agriculture Russia:
Offshore Singapore is interested in exporting meat and meat products, fish and dairy products to Russia, so the Singapore government invited the Rosselkhoznadzor to visit the relevant Singapore factories in 2016.
The countries intend to start cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) by sharing experience and knowledge and providing the necessary assistance to strengthen cooperation between relevant Russian and Singaporean companies, associations and institutions. Separately, the opening of a new Acronis center in Singapore was noted, which is aimed at strengthening relationships with Singaporean scientific universities and institutions in order to conduct joint scientific research in relation to information security, cyber security and the creation of the world's first smart nation. Other Russian companies also intend to cooperate with their Singaporean counterparts in the field of ICT, IT projects and robotics.
How to move to Singapore for permanent residence in 2020 and does it make sense if the covid-19 pandemic is raging in the world? There is no definite answer to this question. Everything will depend on the goals that you are pursuing, the available budget, the presence of specific requirements, a "clean" past in the police, the current jurisdiction of permanent residence, further plans and many other factors. But we want to note that the idea in any case seems to be very promising and absolutely viable. It remains only to understand how the easiest way to approach its implementation.
But before moving on to discussing the 5 options available, I would like to briefly touch on the main reason for the explosive growth of interest in Singapore. As you probably guessed, we are talking about the covid-19 (2019-NCOV) epidemic. To be more precise, about the methods of dealing with it by the government of Singapore. They turned out to be not only timely and thoughtful, but also very, very effective.
At first, the government of the jurisdiction was heavily criticized because of the measures taken. He was even reminded of the methods of the Great (without any irony and only with a capital letter!) Lee Kuan Yew, who is often called the best anti-crisis prime minister of the 20th century.
All this led to the fact that, as of March 27, 683 cases of infection and 2 deaths were recorded in the city-state. For such a compact jurisdiction with an extremely high population density, the figures are simply fantastic. They impressed potential investors so much that the demand for permanent residence in Singapore began to grow rapidly. It became clear that life here is not only beneficial and comfortable, but also safe. And the measures taken, no matter how tough they seem, really work.
But we digress a little from the topic. The options considered below are quite realistic, but the degree of complexity of their practical implementation is not the same. Therefore, when planning the near future, we ask you to first contact our experts (info @ offshore-pro. Nfo) and discuss the current situation with them in detail. We remind you that we provide almost all services remotely, so you will not put yourself and your loved ones at unnecessary risk.
Everyone knows that the jurisdiction lacks its own highly qualified specialists, so all measures are taken here to attract external professionals. And this policy is bearing fruit. Of the 5.5 million people in the population (approximately), more than 1.5 million are expats.
The most in-demand specialists in Singapore:
What about home helpers, companions, service professionals and unskilled workers? They are also needed, but the corresponding market is literally occupied by Indonesians, Indians and Filipinos. At least this applies to the official, legal sector.
Moving to Singapore should take place in several stages, one of which is the choice of a suitable area of residence and rental housing. It should be borne in mind that an option that is ideal for one may be categorically unacceptable for another. When choosing an area, you need to be based on lifestyle, marital status, place of future work and personal preferences. In total, Singapore is conditionally divided into 28 districts, which are grouped into five main areas: North, South, Center, East and West.
The business district of Singapore is chosen by businessmen for whom it is important not only to get to the office in the shortest possible time, but also to have quick access to shops, various entertainment and restaurants located in the Marina Bay Hotel and on Robertson Quay. Flats and apartments are mainly located in high-rise buildings. They are fully or partially furnished, have a gym and a swimming pool. It should be noted that this is the most expensive area in Singapore, implying a cosmopolitan lifestyle and access to the benefits of civilization. Travel within the business district is carried out by taxis and buses. However, each area of the city has its drawbacks, and this area is no exception. Firstly, the high level of noise due to the large congestion of personal vehicles and construction works, which often take place on Sundays and even late at night. Secondly, the lack of parks and green spaces.
Marina Bay is a project that has already become the heart of this part of the city. There will be office and commercial premises, residential apartments and apartments, and many entertainment venues and attractions. Unfortunately, not all properties are ready for use, but the fast pace of construction and rather high prices for the acquisition of residential space indicate that housing in Marina Bay will become the most expensive and in-demand in Singapore.
Orchard Road is the street where the largest hotels and shopping centers are located. The apartments and apartments in the area are just a short walk from this street. Wealthy foreigners prefer to rent housing in the Orchard Road area. All the objects necessary for a comfortable life are presented here, including international schools, offices, shops and entertainment centers. Lovers of peace, space, lush green space and fresh air should look elsewhere, however.
Not far from Orchard Road is the Singapore River Valley, located on both sides of the river. It is possible to rent an apartment or condominium here, but it is worth noting that the prices are quite high. Due to its proximity to the city center, the area is popular with expats. The River Valley is also home to renowned dining and entertainment options, including nightclubs, and international schools within walking distance. This area is chosen by foreigners with an average and high income level. Disadvantages include nighttime noise generated by visitors to nightlife entertainment venues.
Central Square is located north of downtown Singapore and consists of four districts: Serangoon, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio and Thomson. Accommodation in the central square is popular with foreigners, as it is easy to get to the office thanks to the large number of roads and metro stations. Housing is represented by HDB apartments in multi-storey buildings, private houses and bungalows, residential complexes in Ang Mo Kio and prestigious mansions at an appropriate price in Bishan and Thomson. Why else is moving to Singapore in these areas so popular? Compared to urban areas, it is much quieter and more green spaces, there are all the necessary social infrastructure, including food markets and shopping centers, restaurants and parks. However, during rush hour, you can get stuck in traffic when commuting to work or home by public or private transport.
There is an Australian school in the Serangoon area. Therefore, it is chosen by expats from Australia.
Ang Mo Kio is the heart of north-central Singapore, made up of Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Braddle and Yio Chu Kang. Suitable for those who decide to move to Singapore, but do not have a large budget. It is possible to rent an HDB apartment or a private two or three room apartment.
The Braddel area of choice for expatriates from Australia due to its proximity to an Australian international school, and easy access to rapid transit makes it popular with Eurasian and Western expatriates.
Serangoon, Upper Serangoon and Hougang are preferred by Indians due to the proximity of Delhi public schools and Little India shopping center. The prices are quite affordable, especially when compared to other areas in central Singapore.
The communications industry is updated every two to three years. The labor market is also changing logically. Many competencies in demand today will become hopelessly outdated in 5 years. However, the demand for communicators itself will not go away and will even grow. But some of the competencies still have to be updated - the sooner the better.