How to get an art director job Singapore

I have an bunch of questions on how to establish a life in Singapore.

1. Which 5-10 agencies is in the lead in terms of creativity?..
2. How does it work with work permission for scandinavians?
3. Whats the easiest way to get a room, or a small apartment in Singapore?
4. How much is average salary for an Art Director, and how much is the tax percentage?

I could go on, keep asking ridiculous questions, but I will leave it like this for now.

Thanks in advantage.
I can comment on establishing a life as creative in, London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

17 comments

ivan's picture
ivan

I wish to find a job in Singapore as a creative too.

One more question:
5. Do you have to speak Chinese to be able to work in Singapore?
I used to speak Mandarin, but it was ages ago...

Ivan Raszl, admin of AotW

createview's picture
createview
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Hey Ivan,

Can you help me even if incase you have some information for the same.

I am from India, Mumbai. Even i am looking for a job in Singapore or Thailand. I am planning to visit some selected agencies
and show my portfolio.

regards
girish

kre8's picture
kre8
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not at all ivan.
english is completely cool in singapore and kl.
its a bit of a different story in bangkok though.

kre8's picture
kre8
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tax is about 10 - 15% in singapore.
apartment will be SGD1000 - 2500 (ish)
salary depends on your portfolio/experience/awards.
its easy for europeans to get a green card for singapore.
you can also legally work there for up to 60 days as a freelancer.
hope this helps.

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Wang Zhi Liang
39 pencils

Interesting, btw do you know some of the cd's contact person in singapore?

Chris's picture
Chris
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you have to get that info for yourself mate,
roll up to every ones door, book appointments, get known.

ryudo's picture
ryudo
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Establishing a Career life in Singapore as a Art Director would vary upon certain choices.

• Although if your Western does'nt mean that you could easily get a job or land on top spot of agencies in singapore, Still the awards do speak for itself, some landed a job fast but it's the WHO KNOW'S I KNOW'S kind of thing here.
• You could get either social visit pass which is I think about 6 months at least or either get a employment pass which is much better
• Once you have those, I suggest you prefer to read a Straits Time Newspaper every saturday on classifieds Comprende! and Good luck Amigo

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buddhaofsuburbia
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Hi Ivan,

I've worked in Singapore for four years (for an Interactive agency).

I would suggest, you rock up for a hol.

On arrival, you'll get a social visit pass (3 months).

And then you start contacting CDs or Group Heads for a chat.

I'll try and dig up some headhunter contacts for you.

Cheers,
Ike

Guest's picture
Guest

hi there! greets from finland. Im also an Digi AD who is trying to get out to Singapore asap. Hasent been easy, and this recessions doesnt seem to be helping either.Im suscribed to Job.db for singapore but it seems those jobs more or less go instantly..
Ike, should you have any pointers for me id very much appreciate it. my email is champagne (at ) bubblingunder.me

thanks a lot!

C

Sanje's picture
Sanje
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Any suggestions for a photographer? I am going to be in Singapore, Tokyo and Bangkok In Dec and wanted to meet creatives to explore work possibilities.
It's not because I cant find work here.. I think there is interesting work being done there..

Sanje
http://www.SanjayKothari.com

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zigos77
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you can just try calling up a few agencies in singapore... u can try looking looking up yellowpages.com.sg for the numbers to the agencies and give them a call.

1. Which 5-10 agencies is in the lead in terms of creativity?
The usual big boys are in the lead... if am not wrong M&C Saatchi was in the lead last year... you can check out more about the Singapore and Asian scene at http://www.marketing-interactive.com

2. How does it work with work permission for scandinavians?
You can try as mentioned about getting the 6 month pass and do freelance... most agencies in sg starts off with 3 months freelance...and after which they might consider u to be full-time staff

3. Whats the easiest way to get a room, or a small apartment in Singapore?
Hmm all depends on the location... the best is to check the local papers... housing is around SGD$800 - SGD$2500

4. How much is average salary for an Art Director, and how much is the tax percentage?
This also depends on experience... Market rate is am not wrong is about SGD$5000-$6500...

Hope that helps you out...

Cheers

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Dalbir Singh
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Ogilvy Singapore is definately the best. It was No. 3 in Cannes 2007 agency ranking by awards won. But unless you have a killer portfolio no one's going to talk in bigger agencies. I would also go to the local agencies like Kinetic etc. Pick up the latest 'Campaign Breif Asia (or do a google search)' and you will find all the international as well as local agencies.

Talk to Adeline Tan, she's a headhunter and got lot of positions in the region (BTW, she is also the jury of my site). Email her at adeline . tan @ thetalentbusiness.com (www.thetalentbusiness.com)

Dalbir
www.AdOfDaMonth.com

Guest's picture
Guest

Hi there

I found your posts really helpful! - Thanks!

My boyf (we have been together for 1 year) is moving to Singapore for work. I plan move with him but would also like to work.

1. Would it be easier if I apply for jobs when I am there (Singapore) or should I attempt to apply for positions from here (UK). My field is financial mainly administrative.

Thanks
Anna

Guest's picture
Guest

hi.
im sayeed hero from Bangladesh
im postgraduate in painting.
and working for world known agency O&M, mangladesh
as associate creative director.
i wanna work at Singapore.
need help to get a job

thank

sayeed hero
clickhero@gmail.com

blog: clickhero.blogspot.com

Guest's picture
Guest

Hi dear
im iranian, i'm working now in project dubai mall in dubai,i'm decorative painter, but actually i'm graphic designer for local agency about dubai mall, i wanna move to sangapore and looking for new job,so i dont know any thing about my job in sangapore and about my visa..

thanks
leila
khadem.leila@gmail.com

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whitespace
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IMHO, it's a bad time to come over to Singapore now. Even ad firms are retrenching, and a number pitches are more a price issue than creative issues as of now.

1. Which 5-10 agencies is in the lead in terms of creativity?..
A. Hmmm. Leo Burnett, Ogilvy, Saatchi, Euro RSCG and TBWA. I probably missed someone out. Heh.

2. How does it work with work permission for scandinavians?
A. As someone answered above.

3. Whats the easiest way to get a room, or a small apartment in Singapore?
A. Rental from flat owners, or if you have more dough to spare there are specialised apartments meant for folks who are here on such arrangements. Rental can go from S$400/mth in less popular areas and up to S$1,200/mth for the higher ends.

4. How much is average salary for an Art Director, and how much is the tax percentage?
A. Depends on your years of experience, the agency hiring you, hiring budget, the amount of awards you have, your negotiation skills, etc. There's no easy formula for it. You could download a Hudson salary guide but I don't think that it's an accurate representation of the median pay now.

Guest's picture
Guest

You guys could try getting a small agency as a start up. Or thats how I did it. But you have to be there to get hired, singaporean bosses don't hire people that are not in site and handy. Plus like it or not, we westerns believe in time, beauty and quality of life. But here is more that the boss owns you and people look over to "quantity" in life.

Now the hiring hasn't gone up, they rather have local talent, the economy has to pull up more so they start getting outsiders again.

Whitespace's suggestions are quite accurate still now, but a strong portfolio backed up quick tongue and brains could help you land a good job

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