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Can a Singapore PR Have 2 Jobs at Once?

You have to grind and hustle, they say. As much as people should be seeking happiness and intangible things, you can’t really survive with just that. You need money to pay the bills and buy the basic necessities you need.

Sometimes having one job is not enough to make ends meet. You might need to opt to get two jobs to get more money. But if you are an immigrant, you might be worried about the legal issues behind this plan of yours. So the big question is, can you work two jobs in Singapore?

What is Moonlighting?

Moonlighting is a loose term used that pertains to the act of having more jobs than one. Aside from your main job, you could be working for another company or be self-employed. Your second job could be another full-time job or a part-time.

Sometimes having one job is not enough to make ends meet. You might need to opt to get two jobs to get more money. But if you are an immigrant, you might be worried about the legal issues behind this plan of yours.Click To Tweet

Even though it is a great place to live in and a great choice to raise a family, it is not cheap to live in Singapore. Singapore has been considered to be one of the most expensive countries to live in.

So it is not surprising that a lot of Singaporeans are admitting that they have other jobs. The main reasons for moonlighting are:

  • To be able to meet the cost of living
  • To build savings
  • To support family
  • To explore career options

If you are a Singaporean citizen, you do not worry if having two jobs is legal or not, but for immigrants, this is a question that goes through their minds. If you’re wondering If PR can work 2 jobs, the simple answer is yes.

The Singaporean law does not hinders moonlighting. However, some restrictions are depending on your occupation. If you work as a public or civil servant or are employed by any government-related organizations, you are not allowed to have another job aside from it.

This is done to avoid conflict of interest and corruption. Although, if you really wish to gain a second job, you can file for an appeal and seek approval. This is however just a case-to-case basis.

Having two jobs can also be restricted by the company you work for too. Most employers are not fond of moonlighting. You can only apply for another job if there is no conflict of interest with your current employer and if your work contract does not prohibit you to do so.

There you have it. If you are a permanent resident of Singapore, you can work two jobs legally. As long as you are not working with the government, it is legal. Make sure that before you apply for a second job you are cleared in your current job.

Keep in mind also that you should be able to handle both responsibilities in both jobs. You cannot let your part-time affect your full-time job. It is also important that you are a PR. PR is different from having just having a work permit. Sanctions will be brought to you if you go against the law.

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