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Insights Relocating your project management career to Singapore

Ambitious project managers are always looking for new challenges and opportunities – and they’re finding them in Singapore. 

Singapore is currently experiencing a construction boom, and the government is strongly on board. As a result, there is a renewed focus on public infrastructure and Singapore is awarding at least S$2 billion in contracts each month

Simply put, project managers oversee all aspects of a construction project. Here, we’ve put together an overview of the latest on the construction industry in Singapore and why so many project managers are relocating to this exciting city-state. 

Singapore skyline at dusk

Project management in Singapore: an overview

The Singaporean construction industry was worth $19.5 billion in the year 2021, which was hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the construction industry is recovering quickly from its Covid-19 downturn. It is expected to grow at an Average Annual Growth Rate (AAGR) of more than 5% from 2023 – 2026. This all points to many new project management jobs in Singapore, and the government understands the value project managers bring to the country. 

While obtaining work visas for project management jobs in Singapore has always been relatively straightforward, new schemes are making it easier than ever for foreign talent to fill these roles. For example, Singapore’s new work pass will open the door for people relocating to Singapore, including project managers. This scheme will allow top performers with niche skills to work on projects for multiple firms. 

With so many projects to choose from and diverse and exciting opportunities on the horizon, project management jobs in Singapore are bursting with potential.

What is it like to move to Singapore?

Living and working in Singapore attracts the world’s best project managers, attracted by the high quality of life and countless opportunities.

It isn’t just project managers who are relocating to Singapore – the world has long noticed this dynamic little country. Primarily comprised of Han Chinese, Malay, and Indian culture and with a flair all its own, Singapore has long looked West for inspiration while maintaining a distinctly pan-Asian character.

It's a city-state where you can dine on the best hawker stall and Mamak (South Indian) cuisine for lunch while popping to a Michelin-starred French restaurant for dinner. Vibrant Chinese architecture blends seamlessly with colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers, and the work culture is fast-paced, dynamic, and lucrative. 

What skills do you need to become a project manager in Singapore? 

Project managers tend to have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a construction-related field, such as civil engineering or construction science, as well as experience working on construction sites. Additionally, excellent references and a proven track record are a must.

There are also some learned skills and experiences that can help you on this career path. For example, you need to be organised, be a clear communicator, and have excellent time management skills. 

AtkinsRéalis is a great place to work to progress your career in construction project management, as there are hundreds of opportunities available. You have the chance to work in one of the world’s great cities, surrounded by passionate individuals who can mentor you and help you grow. 

Project management in Singapore: an exciting and dynamic career

If you’re hoping to kickstart your project management career in Singapore, you need to be passionate, agile and committed to sustainability. 

You also need to relish a challenge. After all, no one likes to stagnate in the same role, utilising the same skills for prolonged periods of time. Acquiring new knowledge and learning new skills not only helps individuals feel fulfilled in their careers, but it also improves their CVs. 

AtkinsRéalis knows that consistently upskilling their workforce in a continuously evolving environment is key to attracting, developing, and retaining top talent. Their dedication to promoting from within and championing Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) makes them a top employer, much sought-after by project managers. 

If you can see your project management career taking off in Singapore, apply for a project management job today. Alternatively, you can join AtkinsRéalis ’s talent community or sign up for job alerts, so you never miss an opportunity.