Singapore - destination of choice
Using Singapore as a case study, it comes as no surprise that the country is the destination of choice for many on international assignments and this certainly also includes those in civil service. Singapore is rated as having the best quality of life for expatriates by The Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, as well as the second best city in the world in terms of quality living by Fortune Magazine.
Therefore, Singapore does not necessarily come cheap, especially in terms of accommodation. Yet, there is now a marked trend where companies are increasingly reluctant to extend full expatriate Benefits, that is, all-inclusive packages with housing, education and living-away-from-home allowances. Instead, HR and recruitment specialists now deploy all of their persuasion and motivational skills to managing expectations of potential candidates (and in particular, headhunted candidates – but that’s another story).