The Singapore Six: Recruitment Agencies with a Recipe for Success

From the legendary bars of old, in the greatest cities around the world, have come some of the most iconic drinks we know. The Moscow Mule, the Manhattan… the aptly named London Fog.

And top of any worth-its-salt cocktail list… the Singapore Sling.

But pineapple juice, gin and cherry brandy aren’t the only things that make Singapore a desirable place to be for recruiters. What else is? Well, this list for a start…

1) The monthly salary of an experienced recruitment professional is Singapore is on average 24% higher than their counterparts in Hong Kong.

2) Income tax is calculated progressively from 0% and capped at 22% for $320k+. There’s no capital gain or inheritance tax.

3) Dining out to celebrate your big wins costs an average 31.4% less than in London.

4) And if you over-do it or eat some dodgy stingray, you’re in good hands, with the Singaporean health care system ranking 2nd globally in the Bloomberg HCEI.

5) In order to qualify for an Employment Pass from the MOM, employers must pay foreign nationals a minimum monthly salary of $3,600 (this can even include graduate hires).

That’s probably enough death by bullet point. We haven’t even touched on the unsaturated market and the advantage you’ll have in covering the territory from Singapore rather than remotely.

But if you need more convincing on life in Singapore, here are six Recruitment brands offering the culture, commission and career that will have you booking your (surprisingly good value) airfare quicker than you can finish a cocktail.




Who they are:

Cobalt offers a company culture and work-life balance that’s second to none. Featuring in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For, 98% of their staff would recommend their place of work (no mean feat with 14 offices globally). Their commission structure’s up to 40% more generous than some of their competitors’ at 55%. And the incentives scheme supports employee wellbeing, as well as their bank balance. The culture is mature and transparent, based on Cobalt’s core values of integrity and responsibility.

Who they’re hiring:

Their Singapore office specialises in Accounting & Finance, Construction & Engineering and Real Estate, and unprecedented success has led to the need for a Senior Consultant to join their ranks and take on a fast-start Real Estate desk.

Focusing on India and China (the fastest growing RE markets globally), an experienced hire can capitalise on opportunity here. If you know  your ROI from your Yield and quality of life comes high on your priorities, there’s just a 2% chance that you wouldn’t love Cobalt.

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Who they are:

The Xpand Group is a Digital & Tech, Media, and Sales & Marketing recruitment agency, providing strategic talent acquisition services (to clients such as Google and Yahoo) via offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong.

They focus as much on what they can offer you, as what you can bring to the table. They offer excellent commission, amazing incentives and great perks. If you’re looking for an autonomous work environment, where you will be challenged to achieve your full potential, you’ll fit in well at Xpand.

Who they’re hiring:

Self motivated and independent Recruitment Consultants, to join their Technology, Digital & Media desks. Xpand knows that successful a career isn’t just about getting the job done. It’s also about having an attitude that fits with the team and the business being the right cultural fit for you.

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Ultimate Asset 


Who they are:

Specialists in Digital Media & Marketing, Ultimate asset works with Tier 1 agencies and some of the biggest names in Media including Twitter, Adidas, Red Bull and Just Eat. They’re keen on using initiative and individuality to get the job done, and less keen on KPIs and d**kheads. Ultimate Asset is not a place you’ll be micromanaged. A mature and conscientious attitude is a prerequisite, but international mobility, zero commission threshold, desk longevity and an unrivalled network are for the taking in this high performance, tight knit team.

Who they’re hiring:

Ultimate Asset are taking advantage of a booming market in Singapore, and in true UA style investing in growing their team from the ground up.

They’re looking for Graduates and Juniors with an affinity for all things Digital and a desire to contribute to the shaping of the APAC business. Did I mention these guys hold Talent Summits in poolside villas in Bali, and offer fast track progression for ambitious Trainee Consultants? What to you have to bring in return? Passion, Pace and Polish.

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 Spencer Ogden 


Who they are:

Spencer Ogden are a multi- award winning global Energy, Engineering and Infrastructure recruitment specialist. The business made 10,000 placements in the first 5 years of operating, they’re one of the most socially engaged recruitment companies in the world. And they have a reputation for investing year on year in a graduate intake who are grown into exceptional 360 Consultants.

Despite starting out just 8 years ago with 12 people, SO now have 15 international offices and around 400 employees, and continue to grow organically and diversify into new markets. 

Who they’re hiring:

Spencer Ogden’s keen to hear from Managers and Principle Consultants who know how to juggle team leadership with service delivery and business development. You’ll have full operational responsibility for your own desk, team and clients. Supported by the best infrastructure and well honed process, you’ll be working in the unique and iconic Spencer Ogden offices in the heart of the CBD. SO have seriously ambitious growth plans for the next couple of years, so if you have experience in O&G, Renewables, Construction, Finance or Trading you really shouldn’t miss the opportunity to be part of this impressive global success story.

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Who they are:

Real Estate, Property and Construction experts with offices in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. Gough is a well-established brand with a grown-up culture of accountability and integrity, but still has a boutique family feel to the culture. The leadership provides a wealth of accessible knowledge and high achievers are recognised and rewarded well.

Whilst the Gough lot are super diligent and professional, they all firmly believe that your job shouldn’t be a chore. Recruitment can be a hard slog at times, but the business does all it can to ensure that the team are enjoying their day to day.

Who they’re hiring:

They are looking for Consultants with 2+ years’ Construction, Property or Real Estate recruitment experience to join their Singapore office. The Singapore contingent is currently a tight-knit team of 8, but this hasn’t stopped Gough investing in amazing state of the art offices and a dedicated Researcher to support Consultants with sourcing and process management. If you’re looking for a long-term move, a vibrant energetic workplace and a great all-round culture, Gough will tick your boxes.

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Who they are:

Last year Eames won the Best Banking & FS Recruitment Agency award at the Recruiters Investing in Talent awards, and it’s easy to see why. With an outstanding reputation in the market across London, Zurich, Singapore and Hong Kong, Eames specialises in supporting and enabling their Consultants to develop into heavy hitting billers, exceptional Managers and dedicated delivery partners for their clients.

Both internal and external relationships come first and foremost, and for those who make the most of the on-going L&D, autonomy and trust, Eames provides some pretty awesome perks. Including international holidays that extend to your plus one.

Who they’re hiring:

Eames is hiring an Associate Recruitment Consultant to contribute to the group’s growing position within the Banking, Tech and Change markets. The Singapore team collaborate closely with Hong Kong, working together towards their business objectives. They’re looking for a tenacious and resilient recruiter to hit the ground running and get stuck into their sales targets.

In return Eames offers a patient and supportive approach to developing new hires. They’ll nurture your skills and allow you to find your niche.

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