If you’re thinking of leaving the banking sector and applying for a job at Facebook in Singapore, the Covid-19 pandemic won’t necessarily be an obstacle. There are still 59 local vacancies on Facebook’s careers site as a 23 August, despite Covid-19. Some of them cover all of Asia Pacific, while others focus on specific markets like Korea and India.
And if you join Facebook, you could request to work from home even after Covid-19 eases. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said recently that Facebook will begin allowing certain employees to work remotely full time.
Facebook currently has about 1,000 people in Singapore, who were based in its swanky Marina One building before the pandemic. But the tech firm is also building a S$1.4bn, 11-storey data centre in Singapore, its first in Asia, which it expects to open in 2022 and which has cutting-edge cooling systems designed to withstand the island's tropical climate. “Hundreds” of new people will be required at the facility, including technical and logistics staff, according to Thomas Furlong, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure data centres.
But ambitious hiring plans, cutting-edge jobs, and funky workplaces don’t necessarily give Facebook a huge advantage in a job market as fiercely competitive Singapore’s. Google and Amazon have also established big local operations in the city state in recent years, while banks have prioritised hiring tech professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic. DBS has committed to taking on 360 new technologists by the end of 2020.
To give you a rough idea of how much you’re likely to earn at Facebook in Singapore, we examined the firm’s salary and bonus data on Glassdoor across five broad job functions that the website had sufficient data for. For consistency, we excluded low-range compensation for all these Facebook job sectors – so our figures (which are approximate rather than definitive) are for mid-level staff, or people with at least five years’ experience.
Facebook did not respond to a request to comment on its Singapore compensation.
How much are average salaries at Facebook in Singapore?
If you’re a technologist who enjoys collaborating with clients and building new products for them (and improving existing ones), a job in the solution engineering team at Facebook may be for you. Mid-level pay is around S$108k in this function in Singapore, according to the self-reported Glassdoor numbers. The tech firm describes the team as “the cross function of business and engineering”.
If you’re after a less technical role with an equally strong client focus, try becoming a client solutions manager. You’ll be “responsible for building strategic partnerships, driving growth, creating scaled ROI-positive marketing strategies, and driving satisfaction in innovative ways”, according to Facebook’s career site. In Singapore, mid-ranking client solutions managers are paid approximately S$120k a year, according to Glassdoor.
Mid-level program managers, who typically act as strategists and business leads on key projects, earn annual base salaries of about S$160k, the approximate Glassdoor data suggests. Data engineers, meanwhile, take home about S$125k a year. Salaries in this function are creeping up, however, due to high demand for data skills across all industries, including banking, in Singapore.
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