Contact Singapore - Exciting Career Opportunities for UK and Europe Residents

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Over 15 Singapore-based companies looking to fill many positions in financial services, legal services and engineering & technology. Contact Singapore will be organizing a series of major career events in the months of October and November in the UK.

Contact Singapore will be organizing a series of major career events in the months of October and November in the UK. These events will introduce exciting career opportunities to talent in Europe who interested in working and living in Singapore. Over 15 Singapore-based companies looking to fill many positions in financial services, legal services and engineering & technology.

Financial Services Career Event - 18 October:
Singapore's reputation as a leading International Financial Centre is well-known, with many of the world's largest and most reputable financial institutions having operations here. Home to more than 600 multinational financial institutions, the financial services industry accounted for more than 12% of Singapore's GDP in 2007 and Singapore's financial sector grew by a phenomenal 16.9% in 2007. The industry is growing in many diversified areas, ranging from wealth and asset management to equity, bond, foreign exchange and derivative markets to reinsurance and captive insurance. The total assets of financial institutions based in Singapore amounted to S$1.9 trillion by end 2007.

These developments have led to a growth in career opportunities for new graduates and professionals with banking experience in front, middle and back office as well as for those outside of the industry with IT, legal, project management and accounting backgrounds. DBS Bank, the General Insurance Association, Monetary Authority of Singapore, OCBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Hudson will be hiring graduating students as well as professionals in the financial services industry. Together, they will be meeting interested candidates in a careers symposium on 18 October.

Legal Services Career Event - 1 November:
Singapore has, in the recent years, developed a reputation as a key hub in the global legal landscape and it has been garnering international recognition for its efficient judiciary and legal system. The city-state has become one of the jurisdictions of choice for the adjudication and arbitration of trans-border disputes. Some of the major multinational law firms have established bases in Singapore.

Looking ahead, Singapore is ready to further expand its pool of talent and top legal minds in order to meet the demands of the rapid growth of the legal sector. Contact Singapore is partnering the Singapore Legal Service to present the vast opportunities in Singapore's legal industry. Participants will get to meet and engage in discussions with some of the key thought leaders in Singapore's legal services sector, including Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong and Judge of Appeal Justice V K Rajah. They will also be able to meet the heads/representatives of seven of the largest law firms in Singapore, and officers of the public sector Legal Service. Hiring firms include Drew & Napier LLC, Harry Elias Partnership, Lee & Lee, Rajah & Tan LLP, Rodyk & Davidson LLP, Shook Lin & Bok LLP, and Wong Partnership LLP. The event will be held on 1 November in London.

Engineering & Technology Career Event - 21 November:
In the areas of Engineering & Technology, Singapore offers a wide array of career opportunities due to the strong manufacturing base it has built up over the years. The manufacturing sector contributes a quarter of the city-state's GDP, focusing on high-value, high-tech, innovation- and capital-intensive activities. The key pillars of Singapore's manufacturing industry includes sectors such as electronics, chemicals, aerospace, marine and precision engineering. The Economic Development Board has in recent years, also set about growing exciting new industries such as clean technology, environment & water technology and info-communications and media. As these companies in Singapore continue to create and manage new markets, products, technologies, top engineering talent in all disciplines are needed to fuel these industries.

To recruit fresh graduates in engineering disciplines as well as experienced professionals, Singapore-based employers - Aibel, Rockwell Automation and Prosafe Production - will be meeting potential candidates at an event on 21 November. Contact Singapore will also be going on a series of campus presentations between 17 to 20 November.

For more information on all these industries, and to register for the upcoming career events in UK, interested individuals can log on to http://www.contactsingapore.sg/careers@singapore_uk.

About Singapore:
Singapore's economy grew by 7.7% in 2007 and the outlook for 2008 is positive, with a projected growth rate of 4 to 6%. For the past two decades, Singapore has experienced rapid and sustained economic growth with the economy expanding steadily by 7.56% per annum on average. The unemployment rate for 2007 was also at a ten-year low of 0.4% while job creation was at a record high of 234,900.

Ranked one of the most livable places in Asia for its excellent infrastructure, and facilities, cosmopolitan society, low crime rate, socio-political stability and favorable climate, Singapore has long been a magnet for global talent. Situated at the crossroads of Asia, between the booming economies of China and India, it is the location for a rewarding career and to gain a deep understanding of Asia, in an international environment. Moreover, the city-state's openness to talent is fabled, resulting in a highly cosmopolitan society. With the many growth industries, talented individuals have no lack of career opportunities there.

About Contact Singapore:
Contact Singapore has a permanent office in London which covers Europe and seeks to reach out and interact directly with talent in Europe, ranging from graduating students to working professionals. Those interested in job opportunities in Singapore can also log on to http://www.contactsingapore.sg/jobs to search for jobs in Singapore spanning from the technology to financial sectors, and post their resumes online. This new job portal is managed by Contact Singapore, in collaboration with economic promotion agencies and key employers in Singapore.

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