Physiotherapy in Singapore


  • Total population: 5.31 million (2012)
  • Land area: 241 sq mi (624 sq km);
  • Monetary unit: Singapore dollar
  • Languages: Mandarin 35%, English 23%, Malay 14.1%, Hokkien 11.4%, Cantonese 5.7%, Teochew 4.9%, Tamil 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.8%, other 0.9% (2000)
  • Ethnicity/Race: Chinese 76.8%, Malay 13.9%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4% (2000)
  • Flights from Ireland: ~ €740 with transfer in Europe (Germany, Switzerland)


How do I apply for a job in Singapore?



Follow these steps!

1. Search for available positions or contact the hospital directly (See below for resources to find jobs).


2. Submit your resume (most employers accept resumes via email).


3. Interview process (usually over skype or phone). Employers in Singapore usually look for: qualifications, ability to adapt, international outlook, basic English etc.


4. Accepting the job – signing the contract.


5. Apply for a work visa - Non-Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents will need an Employment Pass (EP) to work in Singapore;

  • Application of work visas are done by the employer.
  • Approval of work visa - Your employer will receive an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter upon approval of your Employment Pass (EP).
  • The IPA letter must be produced upon collection of the EP from the Ministry of Manpower Work Pass Division.
  • The IPA letter is valid for three months from the date of the letter.
  • You can collect your EP from the Employment Pass Service Centre (EPSC) only after you arrive in Singapore.
  • Validity is up to two years for first-time applicants and up to three years for EP renewals.
  • P1 Pass – for applicants earning a fixed monthly salary of more than SGD 8,000.
  • P2 Pass – for applicants earning a fixed monthly salary of more than SGD 4,500 and up to SGD 8,000 and he/she possesses recognised qualifications.


6.Relocating to Singapore - You may choose to engage a relocation company or take care of the relocation yourself. ‘Contact Singapore’ holds welcome sessions for those who are planning to relocate to Singapore ( Upcoming welcome sessions will be held in Dublin on the 13th of June and the 5th of September.



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Tips from people working over there:

  • Singapore is a great city- just do not expect to escape to the countryside at the weekends!
  • Long hours, intense workload!
  • Working in a hospital – work every second Saturday.
  • Public hospitals do not necessarily have air conditioning.
  • Jobs are easy to get in public sector, not so easy in private care (usually need 2 years experience).
  • Wages considered with cost of living works out pretty much the same as Ireland.





What it is like to move to Singapore?

Singapore was recently ranked as the ‘Happiest country in Asia’ in a study reported by ABC News. 



There are fines for everything and caning is still an allowed form of punishment.



It is hot, humid and sticky most of the time with sudden and unpredictable rain-spells. Temperatures during the day hover around 32° C and the humidity level at around 84%. To address this issue, most public places and public transport in Singapore are air-conditioned; there is quite the love affair with air conditioning. (Note: not all public hospitals have air-conditioning!)



One of the disadvantages of Singapore is that it is a country, state and city all rolled in to one. Singapore is unlike most other countries where you would have the option of inter-state or inter-city travel and could explore the region during weekend getaways or holidays. People who re-locate from Australia, Europe, America and other parts of Asia miss having the option of driving down to the nearest town or city for a short break – because there is no other city to drive to!

However there is the option to drive across the causeway link to Johor Bahru in Malaysia or to explore the nearby islands of Malaysia and Indonesia. 


Another feature of Singapore that is often criticized is its architectural uniformity. The public housing estates consist of tall and wide blocks that are packed close to one another.





“ I feel totally safe walking around back alleyways at 3 am on my way home. Impressive island-wide insect control ensures that even I, the tastiest mosquito morsel in the world, can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been bitten in Singapore. If there’s the rare occasion you see a graffiti-ed wall, rest assured it will be painted over by morning. People actually wait for the other passengers to get off a subway car before entering! I mean, I’ve never once gotten a dirty or crumpled dollar bill – even the money is clean. And forget about littering or jaywalking – even when nobody’s watching, you can’t help but feel somewhat bad when you do it.”


It’s simple to satisfy almost any craving that may strike – Italian, French, American and other Western cuisine restaurants. And of course there are your more local southeast Asian cuisines of Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, and Vietnamese food. 

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