Singaporean jobseekers have indicated that they are interested in working abroad, if given a chance to do so, according to a recent survey done by JobStreet.com. An overwhelming 85% have said that they want to work abroad if given the chance, in contrast to just 5% who expressed no interest in doing so.
When asked about their level of seriousness in working abroad, 33% said they are passively looking for such opportunities, while another 32% said they are actively seeking such opportunities. Another 29% said they are still considering the pros and cons of doing so, while only 6% said they are not serious, or not interested at all in doing so.
Of those who have expressed disinterest in working abroad, 65% cited family as the primary reason for not wanting to work abroad, while another 11% mentioned that they prefer to remain in their comfort zones. Another 6% said that there are good career prospects here, and 17% mentioned other factors.
On the other hand, of those who want to work abroad, 38% cited career growth as the main driving factor, while 24% mentioned better financial remuneration. Another 19% said that the chance to travel as the compelling factor, 5% would do so for the sake of their children’s education, and 2% would do so because they want to follow their spouses to that particular country.
When queried about which country of preference they want to work in, 23% have indicated that they prefer to work in China, Japan or Korea, as opposed to 22% who want to work in Australia. Another 14% favor America, while 9% want to make a living in Britain.
On a final note, about 56% of jobseekers surveyed said that they will look for jobs abroad through recruitment firms or headhunting agencies, while another 20% would do so through referrals. Another 16% said they would look for such jobs through newspaper or online advertisements.
About 600 managers, senior executives and executives in Singapore participated in the survey in May 2011.