Filipino professionals head to Singapore as tourists to seek jobs
This is allowed for foreign professionals; once hired, firms apply for work passes
Mr Ramz came to Singapore in March as a tourist but his itinerary did not include visiting the Merlion, Universal Studios or Orchard Road.
Instead, the 29-year-old Filipino had only one goal: to find a job.
He would spend hours scouring employment websites every day, and often had only one meal a day to save money.
Finally, after about four months, he landed a job as a financial analyst at an offshore bank, drawing a monthly salary of $2,800.
It was stressful. But I told myself to stay positive because I must get a job here.
- Mr Ramz, on the four months he spent looking for a job in Singapore. During that time, the 29-year-old Filipino spent hours scouring job websites every day and often had just one meal a day to save money.