Recruitment specialists, Robert Walters, recently held a media lunch and revealed the results of their annual survey into business and staffing across the world.

Its annual Global Salary Survey has been published for the past 14 years and is available as a thick book or online.

For Singapore, the people in accounting and finance have the best prospects. Growth areas are within the chemical, pharmaceutical and medical (devices) industry. Those of us in the advertising and marketing areas better look in these directions for new business or a change in career. Robert Walters says companies in technical healthcare, FMCG and luxury retail will require employers to offer regional responsibilities, attractive remuneration as well as training to attractive the best candidates.

In sales and marketing in this region, there is a shortage of key account managers and brand managers in FMCGs. Other sectors have been wooing experienced staff away from FMCGs. However, hiring will be conservative and it is the digital experts who will be most sought after.

In terms of salaries for Marketing Directors, Brand Managers, PR Managers and similar cannot expect to see any changes in salary levels in 2013 over the previous year. Here is a snapshot of salary levels in this sector: An experienced Marketing Director can expect $150k to $220k; a Marketing Manager would be paid around $80k to $100k; a Public Relations Director would get $120k to $180k; a Public Relations Manager can ask for $70k to $120k; a Brand Manager can expect $80k to $100k, while an Assistant Brand Manager can look to a salary of $50k to $80k. These levels are unchanged from 2012.

Overall, there is a growth in contract work. This is useful for people to gain experience and insights into actual companies and their cultures.


Download a full copy of the Robert Walters’ 2013 Salary Survey here.


Download a copy of the Robert Walters’ 2013 Salary Survey: Singapore portion here.


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