Salary guide Singapore: Top jobs in Singapore that will drive advanced technology in medical devices and pharmaceutical companies

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As a regional manufacturing base, Singapore produces a diverse range of medical technology products from implantable pacemakers to robot nurses and life science instruments for global markets.

Medical Devices & Pharmaceutical companies look to leverage on Singapore’s strong design and engineering capabilities, strong base of automation suppliers and its high-quality assurance and regulatory standards to undertake the manufacturing of high-value and technologically advanced medical products.

As such there will always be a demand surge for engineers – from mechanical engineers to biomedical engineers as Singapore continues to grapple with Industry 4.0.


Trends in Singapore that will drive advanced technology alongside Industry 4.0 goals

  • Greater focus on Robotics

Robotics can help to greatly improve patient care. For instance, robotics can assist with automated bathing machines, and droids that monitor mobility progress. It can also help recovering stroke patients to exercise and alert early-stage dementia patients to take their medication.

Today, medical professionals in Singapore, as well as the Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology have made substantial progress in making robotic surgery more mainstream. It has made it possible for surgeries to be performed with minimal human contact. It’s minimally invasive, can produce more accurate results and reduces the risk of a patient getting an infection.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), for instance, explored using robots to care for elderly patients. This includes innovating robots to be involved in managing patient falls. Intuitive is another leading company in robotics, collaborating with more than 200 renowned surgeons globally, and capitalises on using real-world data. It’s well-known projects including the da Vinci and the Ion robotic systems that will support surgeons in making informed decisions.


  • Telehealth services in Singapore

As part of Singapore’s Smart Nation strategy, telehealth services in Singapore offers an integrated, and seamless medical care in the form of online medical consultations without having to visit the healthcare institution in person. It allows better use of resources, greater efficiency and creates a less stressful environment for both patients and healthcare providers alike.

Patients can video-consult a Singapore-licensed doctor online at anytime and anywhere. You can also receive medication delivered to your doorstep within 3 hours with telehealth providers like Doctor Anywhere and Babylon Health.


  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become even more prevalent

AI, or artificial intelligence, has been around for some time and in fact, is still evolving to this day. It’s been integrated into many aspects of our lives including medicine. In the medical field, the incorporation of AI has made it much easier for medical professionals to document patients, gather more precise information, make more accurate diagnosis, and help with advancements in drug development. AI has also helped lower the risk of burnout amongst workers as it takes care of more laborious tasks for them.

AI algorithms can also produce results by recognising patterns in data, and looking for those correlations in new information. Many businesses use these models to predict demand shifts or supply chain disruptors by recognising early warning signs observed through past events. In the same way, AI can detect early symptoms in patients with infectious diseases.

Singapore launched its National Artificial Intelligence Strategy that outlines plans to deepen the use of AI to transform its economy including their medical technology sector to:

  • Identify areas to focus attention and resources on at a national level;
  • Set out how the Government, companies and researchers can work together to realise the positive impact from AI;
  • Address areas where attention is needed to manage change and/or manage new forms of risks that emerge when AI becomes more pervasive;
  • Predict and manage chronic diseases with faster detection and treatment.


  • Wearable Devices becoming a norm

Wearables may be something you’re already familiar with. It can come with a band that says what you’re allergic to. In recent years, advanced technology have improved wearables significantly. In fact, certain brands, like Apple, have incorporated health managing technology into their products.

The Apple Watch has a health app that keeps track of the pace and rhythm of your heartbeat, the steps you’ve taken and even your sleeping patterns. With access to these information, it can lead to lesser anxiety through exercise incentives. Being able to see and track progress can encourage users to maintain progress even when they do not necessarily feel like it.

A panel discussion at the recent Asia Tech x Singapore Summit on May 31st 2022 that featured Health Minister Ong Ye Kung along with other industry experts, shared that the Singapore Government intends to harness digital solutions to enhance its HealthierSG initiative, and ensure any technology used is compatible with other apps and wearables on the market. HealthierSG is a plan for the reform of Singapore’s healthcare system that will see a focus on preventive care.


Research and Development (R&D), Engineering and Regulatory Affairs talent needed for jobs in Singapore to drive advanced technology

R&D investments yield the critical technology from which development of new products, services, and business models can happen. Innovation-driven growth is becoming increasingly important, as organic growth, such as geographic expansion and entry into untapped market segments is not sufficient to break into advanced technologies.

Engineers are pivotal for the implementation of R&D strategies and the innovation of medical technological products. These engineers could be your product engineers, mechanical engineers and even design engineers who are equipped for the technological and industry 4.0 era that will become the growth engine of the pharmaceutical industry.

And with innovative products comes the need for regulatory compliance as regulatory affairs specialists continue to be the ‘gatekeepers’ of any new drugs, vaccines, and medical equipment that is used to impact lives for generations to come. Talent with experience in New Drug Application in Biologics are always highly sought after.


As such, here are some of our top roles that will be in demand as technology continues to play an integral role in the medical, pharmaceutical and life sciences industry:

Salary guide for top R&D jobs in Singapore:

We have multiple openings in the following areas with salaries ranging from 150k to 300k annually:

  • Process Engineers
  • Product Development Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • R&D Engineers
  • Research Scientists
  • Application Scientists
  • R&D Project Managers


Salary guide for top Regulatory Affairs jobs in Singapore:

We have multiple openings in the following areas with salaries ranging from 150k to 300k annually:

  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • RAQA Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Associate Director


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Given the high demand for talent, this will also create an upward pressure on salary packages within these areas to attract the best candidates in the market.

Nonetheless, it is important to note that salary packages have a wide range and is highly dependent on experience, seniority, qualifications, company sizes and more. If you'd like to learn about actual salaries based on your profile and experience, please contact one of our team members directly:

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A salary guide is only a guide

With the above mentioned salary guide for top jobs in Singapore within pharmaceutical and life sciences, a tip from our recruitment team is to be careful about over-valuing the salary component when negotiating an employment contract or when contemplating a career switch. It is essential that you think carefully over the reasons why you may be considering a jump, what are the prospects for growth, and the culture of the company you intend on joining. It’s also worth noting that apart from salary packages, there are also other benefits such as stock options which companies can provide to compete for the best talent in Singapore.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many workers in this sector have been working long hours with little to no break. This has put immense pressure on the already strained resources of the pharmaceutical industry. The loss of key personnel have also made it difficult to maintain production levels and meet with deadlines. Thus, pharmaceutical companies have been relooking at their health insurance plans for their employees to ensure it covers their wellbeing, offering flexible work schedules, possible telecommuting options, as well as investing in their culture, and establishing clear career paths.

Are you looking for R&D jobs, an engineering job, a regulatory affair job or even technology jobs in Singapore that will have an impact on advanced technology within medical devices and pharmaceuticals?

Contact us today via the form below to get advice on how you can tackle salary negotiations with your next job in Singapore, or find your next opportunity across engineering, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, and R&D jobs in Singapore here.

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