Ang Mo expat complains $4k salary not enough!

Singapore Business Review reported 2.5 months ago that a 28-year-old Brit, Kieran Hughes, was not happy with his $4k a month salary working in Singapore.

He came to Singapore a year ago. He revealed that in UK, he was working as a professional broadcast engineer earning an equivalent of $96,000 a year. This was enough to pay for his mortgage and buy his own car, he noted. But when he started working as a project manager in an audio-visual company in Singapore, he suddenly realised that he bought himself a one-way ticket to dismal pay conditions.

The Brit now earns $4k a month, just enough to pay his rent in a tiny dwelling and to cover for necessities, he said. He describes living in Singapore as “barely living” and was nowhere near the life that he had back in the UK.

“I have a 3-bedroom house in the UK with a big garden front and back and I rent it out for approx $1,000 dollars a month. Here in Singapore, you can barely get a bedroom in a shared apartment for that kind of price,” he said.

Another expat, Fabio Fasolo from Italy, who used to work as an assistant manager in an upscale restaurant in MBS, reckoned that for an expat to survive in Singapore, he should have a “fair monthly salary of about $7,000″.

Still, a HR company MD, Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard, said more banking and finance professionals are coming to Singapore as visitors and exploring job opportunities whilst they are there. “If people are willing to cover the cost of relocation, then Singapore will continue to be a highly attractive destination for expats,” he added.

Meanwhile, some time ago, DPM Tharman told everyone in Parliament that Singaporean families with household incomes of just $1,000 can afford to buy a flat and, presumably, to live in one too.

 

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28 Responses to “Ang Mo expat complains $4k salary not enough!”

  • PAP has the mandate:

    These ang mos thinking coming to stinkapore will be getting free fucks…nothing is free…LOL…and HR company MD, Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard is talking through his ass when he said “If people are willing to cover the cost of relocation, then Singapore will continue to be a highly attractive destination for expats,”….cover your own cost to relocate are not in the terms of real expats, there are many types of so called “expats”, even the maids are called expats as well, dickhead Mattieu.

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  • LIONS:

    Solly he not from India or Phillipines,so cant get higher pay as DEGREE NOT FAKE?

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  • 69:

    Not enough,pls, $1K can buy 2rm hDigBig as alleged by that Botak;pls give the expet our cPEEf as what U pigs has been doing and still continue digging sucking our bone marrow
    Well done,fyi,lauLanWang leeGirlli said your home $0.

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  • Evil Tyrant and PAP Terror:

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Singapore is a … “fine” city !!!

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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  • oxygen:

    THAT IS WHY PAPpys POPULATION RECYCLING ECONOMICS have failed and unsustainable of rising costs of living pressures. Foreign expats find this place too expensive for even temporary shelter of an economic refuge and locals finds housing costs unbearable given the runaway accommodation costs of a roof over the head.

    Density pressures, the race to the bottom of falling wages and overloaded often crashing public transport is fueling growing public anger.

    DPM Tharman is right to assert that PAPpy foreign population influx to manure this economy is BOTH POLITICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY STUPID.

    It crashes from high heaven back to earth in shattered pieces of a collapsing economy.

    But 70% of he voters richly deserves what they voted for. Sorry for the other intelligent smart 30% who are trapped by this stupidity of the majority of goondus.

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  • flabbergasted:

    Why call them expats?

    They are just foreign trash (FT) here to steal our lunch.

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  • No one forced u to come:

    Sgs are suffering even more with lesser pay.
    If you all r not happy , no one are forcing you all to stay..please pack up and leave..
    The gov still thinking angmos are better than our own grads n professionals..
    Many of our own pmets get laid off n they take in white trash like u.
    Why come here if your uk salary was so much more attactive ?

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Ang moh expats coming to work in S’pore are Gong Kiah. When Asians are desperately trying to migrate to Western Economies – the reverse flow is a joke. Asians are getting wealthier & richer than Caucasians.
    And Asians bring their wealth to the Western Economies while their own middle class incomes have eroded & they lost purchasing power. In the US, Asians on the whole, tend to drive newer & more technological advanced cars. They tend to pay off their cars quickly instead of using financing to buy their cars. In Australia, Chinese buyers bought Sydney & Melbourne properties without bargaining much – leaving the locals unable to compete. The same things happened in Vancouver & Toronto.
    Ang moh expats venturing to Asia are dreaming of the Colonial past when white skin counts for something. But Asia cities have advanced past the Western Economies because their economies are more vibrant, Asian people more hardworking. I’ve seen White Russian girls working as sales staff in Tokyo, Japan. The whites have no more ‘high & mighty’ status in a globalized world today. Money talks & we Chinese & Asians tend to have lots of money. The whites financed much of their lifestyle – to look good on the outside but barely have any savings to their name. They deserved their downgraded status. Why complain?

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  • Trash coming here:

    Sporeans are too kind; they invite their expat,Pr and new citizen colleagues here to their house for Hari raya Xmas Deepavali and Cny occasions; donot do so;stop that practice
    They take away yr jobs; you become grab Uber Drivers for them
    4000 not enough; of course if Yu eat at fancy restaurants eat steaks every other day it won’t be enough; only thing they get free is free screw fr our stupid local girls who just love expats

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  • I Not Stupid Prince::

    @PAP has the mandate:
    Agree with your Spot On comment. IF those so called “Expat” coming to Sinkapore to look for jobs and are willing to cover the cost of their relocation,I classify these group of
    “Expats” as Cheap Charlies and Low Class unlike Expats who are ‘Headhunted’ to come and work in Sinkapore!

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    Agree, “PAP has the mandate” that the domestic helpers who come here are indeed the Happiest Expatriates. Except for a few bullied and terrorised by very unkind Masters.

    Facts remain that jobs are lost to these ” underpaid ” expatriates while our own PMETs languish with either no jobs or survival salaries!

    PAP has the mandate:
    These ang mos thinking coming to stinkapore will be getting free fucks…nothing is free…LOL…and HR company MD, Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard is talking through his ass when he said “If people are willing to cover the cost of relocation, then Singapore will continue to be a highly attractive destination for expats,”….cover your own cost to relocate are not in the terms of real expats, there are many types of so called “expats”, even the maids are called expats as well, dickhead Mattieu.

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  • Hai Gong Ah Tee:

    Why FTs in SG are so cocky today?

    http://www.tremeritus.com/2017/10/05/why-fts-in-singapore-are-so-cocky/

    $4K a month also FT/expat??? assistant manager also FT/expat??? What technology know-hows can they transfer to SG?

    Those “FTs” In the 1990s and before, how many multiple of then SG PMET’s salary do you think they earned? Have you seen many entry, mid level ang mo managers then?

    If today’s “FT” can just come here, take your job any time, any level, any pay … you must be very low down in the pecking order / food chain, right?

    Of course they are cocky today!

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  • flabbergasted:

    Quote :

    He came to Singapore a year ago. He revealed that in UK, he was working as a professional broadcast engineer earning an equivalent of $96,000 a year. This was enough to pay for his mortgage and buy his own car, he noted. But when he started working as a project manager in an audio-visual company in Singapore, he suddenly realised that he bought himself a one-way ticket to dismal pay conditions.
    The Brit now earns $4k a month, just enough to pay his rent in a tiny dwelling and to cover for necessities, he said. He describes living in Singapore as “barely living” and was nowhere near the life that he had back in the UK.

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    He must be thinking we are all morons, well the pigs and their bapok leader makes him AND ALL THE FOREIGN F..KING SHIT think so.

    If he was really doing so well in the shithole where he came from, why even bother to think about our country.

    All FOREIGN F..KING SHIT are the same, be it white trash, keling, ah tiong or pinoy, can’t find work in their shitholes that’s why come here to steal our lunches.

    The only reason the pigs and their bapok leader is letting them in like termites is because they are only interested to increase the population to vote for them and to keep the GDP (GOOD way to DESTROY PEOPLE) high so that they can keep paying themselves obscene salaries and bonuses.

    Its getting worse by the day, the FOREIGN F..KING TRASH are so bold now that we are getting news of them harassing locals almost every other day. Not forgetting many cases are not reported and swept under the carpet by our “super capable ambulance hiders”.

    THEY DON’T DIE, WE WILL ALL DIE!!!!

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  • To FTs in Singapore:

    Become a PR and buy a resale HDB flat! Dont have to pay over $2,000 monthly rental, better still, rent out one room to a foreigner or Singaporen to earn some income.
    PAP and its cronies will be very happy tht you support the propeerty market.
    Tharman said $1,000 salary for a family can buy a HDB flat. Your $4,000 salary is more than the medium salay of Singaporeans if you can trust this PAP’s statistics.

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  • Andrew Goh PAP Stooge:

    These expats want to party and pub, happy hour every night like in their home country. Liquor is cheap in UK, Europe but expensive in Singapore. So how dear expats, want to stay or not?

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  • Steal:

    Tharman is right! He spends only $1000/- a month! Don’t believe ask Ittogi!

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  • Selfish Sinkie Syndrome:

    PAP has the mandate:
    These ang mos thinking coming to stinkapore will be getting free fucks…nothing is free…LOL……

    In general (emphasis added), many Angmohs I know are really not that bright. I have to add that a small minority of angmohs are highly intelligent, their ideas and thinking is really way beyond any Asians, but the average angmoh here is so-so only and I would say most are slightly below par.

    Many angmohs reading about Singapore being the world’s best place for expats flock here hoping to get an “Asian” experience while living a comfortable well-paid lifestyle. You’re right too, the males often hope to get some “free fucks”,unfortunately or fortunately for those who wants to try “Asian” dishes. I don’t blame them, which guy wouldn’t accept free food offered, especially if it is fresh, green and juicy. lol.

    However, they don’t realize its a TRAP here in every sense of the word.
    - A honey TRAP, if they get emotionally involved or marry a local lady here and settle down here…game over for his angmoh life of freedom and worldly exploration beyond this concrete prison island.

    - A financial TRAP, if they take up citizenship, buy leasehold property here, contribute CPF here, also die. Game over since he will join the trapped locals here to become lifetime financial slaves for our system. Not to mention, the extremely high cost of cars here, which they will feel compelled to compare with back home.

    - A lifestyle TRAP, in which it will become boring for these angmohs. There is nothing here beyond shopping malls. No Burning Man events, no mountain hiking, no extreme waves for surfing, no snow for snowboarding, no beer fest etc. We do have No Smoking outside of yellow boxes though.
    Our cultural festivals would be quite staid for them too, after the initial thrill wears off. Imagine them saying the same repeated and somewhat facetious, CNY greetings year in and year out.

    No doubt, it is comfortable here if you have money. The weather is warm for those who hates the winter gloom, but by default, expats are exploratory creatures. If they were not born this way, they wouldn’t be “Expats” in the first place. Eventually, they need to move on while still young (hence many divorces between angmohs and local marriages due to incompatible mindsets)
    And small Singapore being what it is, can never offer the range of experiences these expats seek. Oftentimes too, when some of these expats feel homesick, they go back home to settle down, so divorce again, or the local lady either needs to move to new country/culture, which again often leads to divorce. Divorce culture is very common…

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  • A Jobless Singaporean:

    Many FTs from China, India and even Europe come here and get a job in logistics, trading, commodities, etc, especially in companies from their countries for as low as $2,000 per month. Then they get a work permit and then job hop to a MNC or SMEs for better paying jobs, because their base pay was lower than a local fresh graduate’s pay. That is how companies like Goldman Sachs recruit “expats” already in Singapore. Then the companies from China, India recruit replacement from their countries or compatriots.
    MOM since under Gan, TCJ, and LSS has been closing both eyes to this problem. That is why number of FTs keep rising despite tens of thousands are converted to SIngaporeans annually while Singaporean PMETs are left in a lurch, working as uber drivers, or free lance logistics professional aka as delivery men.

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  • To useless MOM:

    If this ang mio “expat” didnt take up this job, many Chinese or Indian, with educated in or working experience in UK will be happy to take up this job.
    Sorry, Singaporeans are not wanted, not because Singaporeans do not want the job. The company can always give a reason that no Singaporeans have the relevant experience and MOM will be happy to allow it to recruit another “highly relevant experienced” FT.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Kieran Hughes

    Welcome to $ingapore – the real $ingapore – not what you have read about in pappy propaganda articles in your own country.

    A few pointers to your bloated ego

    No one gives a shit about your complaining – your white skin is the only thing that got you that job. Once the trial period is over and everyone knows how shitty you are you will be replaced by another whitey.

    There are thousands of whites, indians, chinese and other races from everywhere in line behind you – waiting for you to fail (as you surely will) so they can take your job.

    Be glad you got 4K – unless you work in Geylang as homo sex worker you are doing well.

    You claim you had a house etc etc. I know that in the UK everything is given to you by your government. So you had to do nothing to get all that. Just live off the dole. Now you regret coming here. Your pasar.

    You need to learn the most important rule in 4ingapore – You Die Your Business.

    Until then enjoy your stay here. Just to let you know no-one here gives a shit.

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  • flabbergasted:

    LIONS:
    Solly he not from India or Phillipines,so cant get higher pay as DEGREE NOT FAKE?

    All foreign f..king trash have fake degrees

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  • Poor singaporean..:

    4K per month not enough..
    How about local Singaporean earning less than 2K a month ?

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  • SG in AU:

    The angmoh in my company are cleaner and office assistant, not all are smart only a handful.

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  • Hai Gong Ah Kong:

    Don’t care about facts? then live in fantasy?

    Didn’t some gong kia ah tee said “During the 1990s, there were lots of arrogant Caucasians”? make sweeping statement and don’t want to know the fact?

    Without the CDs, got iTune today meh? Without the past, what shaped the present?

    There is two way communication but two way fact? Maybe only in SG?

    I am sure you have parent, coots or otherwise, but 100% didn’t teach you properly, most certainly decrepit.

    Without them making money off the back of those “arrogant Caucasians” in the 1990s who transferred know-hows, business to SG, you can be so papaya today???

    Look at Why FTs in SG are so cocky today? $4K a month also FT / expat??? assistant manager also FT / expat??? What technology can they transfer to SG?

    If they just come here, take your job any time, any level, any pay … you must be very low down in the pecking order / food chain, right? Of course they are cocky today !

    http://www.tremeritus.com/2017/10/10/ang-mo-expat-complains-4k-salary-not-enough/

    hai gong !

    Hai Gong Ah Tee: Why FTs in SG are so cocky today?

    http://www.tremeritus.com/2017/10/05/why-fts-in-singapore-are-so-cocky/

    $4K a month also FT/expat??? assistant manager also FT/expat??? What technology know-hows can they transfer to SG?

    Those “FTs” In the 1990s and before, how many multiple of then SG PMET’s salary do you think they earned? Have you seen many entry, mid level ang mo managers then?

    If today’s “FT” can just come here, take your job any time, any level, any pay … you must be very low down in the pecking order / food chain, right?

    Of course they are cocky today!

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  • Confounding connivance:

    The expat’s woes are comprehensible but Mr. T’s thousand-dollar hdb caper is out of this world!

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  • Jim:

    After the reserved presidency fiasco,
    I have lost trust in pap completely
    Pap can tell us what to do but I will pay no heed
    Beiong cheated once is bad
    Being cheated time and again is too much to bear
    Once the trust is lost, it is totally not recoverable

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  • Anonymous incognito:

    Ok while we’re piling on the Ang mohs, they raise good points however uncomfortable: how is os that countries like Britain and Italy with all their serious problems can still provide a decent life in contrast to ‘rich Singapore?
    Why should the politicians make 16 000$/mth for part time work?
    Franklyvwe’re paying for the govt lavish public works projects and high salaries but we get not even crumbs.

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  • SGCitizen:

    $4K for a 28YO’s experience is about right. WTF he think he is? Also, if he done his sums correctly, why is he even here? I absolutely detest people who accept an offer then complain about the package. No one force you to. Also, if he was doing so great in his country and previous employer, please bother coming here? A pack of lies maybe?

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