International Services

Scott Recruitment welcomes applications from overseas recruiters looking to relocate to Australia.

We also place candidates from Australia in positions in the UK and Asia.

Working in the UK.

The full title of this country is 'the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'; Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales; the United Kingdom (UK) is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The population of the UK is 62 million.

'Britain' is used informally, usually meaning the United Kingdom.

The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not part of the UK. The geographical term 'British Isles' covers the UK, all of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The total area making up the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) is 244,820 sq km (94,526 sq mi), which means Australia is 31 times the size of the UK, with a third of the population!

The UK is a developed country and has the world's seventh-largest economy by nominal GDP and eighth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries The UK remains a great power with leading economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence. (Wikipedia)

The UK Border Agency, Visa Services website gives details of entrance requirements for the UK. If you type in your purpose of visit, your nationality and your location, the website will tell you if you need a visa or entry clearance, which application form you need to fill in, which guidance note you should read and where you should make your application.

It also covers issues such as au pairs and overseas domestic staff, family members and adopted children, working holidays, highly-skilled migrants, and investors in Britain.


In 2010 there were an estimated 62 million people resident in the UK. That's an increase of 2.7 million since 2001, and an increase of 23.6 million since the start of the 20th century.  

The average age of the population in the UK has increased from 36 years in 1992 to 40 years in 2009.


Contrary to popular belief, it DOES NOT rain every day in England or in the rest of the UK!

Britain is an island country and the surrounding sea gives England a varied climate. We never know what the weather will be like from one day to the other. It can be sunny one day and rainy the next. As we have such a variable climate changing from day to day, it is difficult to predict the weather. In general we have warm summers and cool winters. Our summers are cooler than those on the continent, but the winters are milder.

Temperate Climate

The overall climate in England is called temperate maritime. This means that it is mild with temperatures not much lower than 0ºC in winter and not much higher than 32ºC in summer. It also means that it is damp and is subject to frequent changes.

Warmest and coldest months

July and August are normally the warmest months in England.

Around the coasts, February is normally the coldest month, but inland there is little to choose between January and February as the coldest month.

The recruitment industry

The recruitment industry is a dynamic, fast paced and highly competitive industry which can offer exciting career opportunities to the right people. In the UK, the annual industry turnover is currently around £25 billion and is forecast to rise considerably over the next few years. The recruitment industry provides services to all business sectors, working in partnership with organisations from sole traders to multinationals.

The consultant’s role is the vital link between candidates and clients. They operate in virtually all sectors of the employment market. There are a number of publicly quoted companies and firms which operate multinationally as well as small independent ones.


London has taken the pole position in the growth of the UK economy, dominating the financial and business service sector which has lead the expansion of UK plc. London’s population has grown and diversified ethnically, becoming increasingly highly skilled overall. Nevertheless, there are areas of deprivation and worklessness which represent lost potential. London is an important focus for the recruitment industry with a quarter of all agencies based in the region.

Optimism for the future is tempered by uncertainty about the sustainability of regional growth and the impact of recent financial crises. – The Recruitment and Employment Confederation  - The Institute of Recruiters

A Career in Recruitment - A helpful guide to those interested in a career in recruitment in the UK.

Summary – Source Badenoch and Clark

UK culture

Unpredictable and generally gloomy; and that's not just the weather. The Brits seem to have got themselves a reputation for being rather miserable. But, first impressions can be misleading and once you dig a little deeper, you'll find that British people are charming and genuine.

Expat Lincoln J Aleck sums it up: "UK people are very reserved compared to the Australians. They don't like eye contact but they will go out of their way to help you if you ask for assistance. They mind their own business and don't normally interfere in other people's affairs."

Perhaps it is this lack of interference that is interpreted by many as rudeness, but in our large cities, and certainly in London, people go about their own daily business with little regard for others – it's busy, it's bustling and feels chaotic. But get away from the smoke and the pace relaxes, the attitudes thaw and you'll soon find a much more human face to the UK.


There are so many stereotyped contradictions about life in the UK. The typical Briton is at once welcoming, yet prejudiced; sport-obsessed, yet clinically obese; tea-drinking with a coffee shop on every corner; courteous and well-mannered yet rude and lacking in any form of customer focus.

The truth is, this is all true. And wouldn't life be dull in the UK if everyone was the same. New Zealander Michele Nelson advises, "You'll need to learn to accept that there are lots of inefficient processes in place and you can't try to change them, for example, when dealing with utility companies, poor customer service is commonplace and they aren't interested in changing that either."

Fellow Kiwi Andrew Taylor adds, "Don't come to the UK expecting everything to be done in the same way as at home. Come with an open mind and be prepared for the little differences that might otherwise catch you off guard."

Anything goes

Something that makes the UK special is the degree of freedom everyone has to be who they are. Curiously, the eccentricity for which Brits have long been known, has become a byword for tolerance. Almost anything goes and you'll soon find the people and places that suit your tastes.

GSOH (Good Sense of Humour)

The secret to enjoying life in the UK is to have a sense of humour (and an umbrella). Don't mistake that serious, stiff upper lip for a lack of humour. On the contrary, the ability to laugh at themselves is one of the great things about the British. They don't take themselves too seriously – nor anybody else for that matter, which might hurt! – and the national obsession for satire and understatement confounds many visitors. Generally speaking, the more serious the topic, the more likely it is that a local will be making a joke out of it.

Drinking habit

For a nation of supposed tea drinkers, there's an awful lot of coffee shops. But curb your excitement; almost all are chains of US franchises which don't match up to the independent café culture you enjoy back home, as many expats are keen to point out. But the UK is really great at pubs, and many newcomers are quick to become wise to the (un)healthy pub culture – which isn't reserved for the weekends either. Pubs still brew fabulous ales, and some of the best food in the UK, and your warmest welcome will be found in independent pubs in the towns and cities and deep in the British countryside.

You'll never regret it… even if it's not for you.


The country may look small on a map, but it's got plenty to offer. The UK boasts varied and simply stunning landscapes – mountains, beaches, hills and valleys, rugged coastlines. It's all there and within easy reach. The great news is, you can do it all in a weekend.

And if the outdoor life isn't for you, the entertainment, leisure and cultural facilities are among the best in the world. Whether it is history and heritage, fabulous architecture, music and the arts or first rate retail, you'll find it easily accessible and very varied.

If staying at home is your thing, the UK can safely boast the best television in the world, excellent national and local radio and high quality newsprint, magazines and literature.

Whatever else you've heard about life in the UK, it is spiritually, socially and intellectually stimulating and rarely dull. But you'll be none the wiser unless you come and try it for yourself.

Kylie Atkinson from Australia concludes, "You'll never regret it...even if it's not for you. Come and experience life in the UK for what it is and not what it isn't."

Want to Work in Hong Kong?

If you are considering relocating to Hong Kong to live and work, you may find the following information will assist you in evaluating your options.
Hong Kong SAR

Hong Kong is a very open and economically buoyant region of China with a population over 7 million spanning over 10 islands. Depending on where you live in Hong Kong and on which island, your lifestyle can be determined by your proximity to Central (the Business District).

As Hong Kong has been described as “Maui to Manhattan in 20 minutes,” you are never far from your home, beachside, or mountains to your place of work. Hong Kong’s small group of islands have made property prices generally fierce and competitive with life largely vertical in tall skyscrapers.

However, there are many options of lifestyle in Hong Kong which can range from small beachfront homes to 6-star luxury high-rise complexes which include shopping malls, MTR, and cinemas all within minutes of your flat, but any lifestyle option will include an efficient and relatively short transport time from home to city by ferry, MTR (underground subway),bus, taxi, or private car.

The recruitment consulting industry is sophisticated and international in flavour, whilst regional emphasis and cross-border work generally dominate most sectors as Hong Kong itself is geographically disconnected from the other countries in Asia Pacific. The recruitment industry in Hong Kong in particular is dominated by Financial Services/Banking and Legal sectors, with other specialties such as Sales & Marketing, FMCG (Retail/Luxury/Manufacturing) and Financial Technology as next in line based on the Mainland’s nearby stimulating and ever-growing economy.


There are seasons in Hong Kong despite the fact that it is officially a tropical environment. The seasons are not hugely demarcated as in Australia and they coincide of course with the typical seasons in the Northern Hemisphere.
January and February are the coldest months with usually the 2-3 weeks around Chinese New Year (which falls differently each year according to the Lunar Calendar), being the very coldest at around 10 degrees Celsius without any snowfall. The hottest months are July and August with temperatures hitting 35 degrees Celsius and 100 percent humidity.

Spring –     March to May
Summer –     June to September
Autumn –     October to December
Winter –     January and February

Employment Visas

If you do not have a Hong Kong SAR passport and you are not a permanent resident, you will require corporate sponsorship in order to work in Hong Kong. All foreigners must obtain a Work Visa unless you have been provided Right of Abode or an Unconditional Stay.

Generally speaking, an individual should have an employment offer in hand and possess unique qualifications and relevant working experience that are not readily available in Hong Kong. This is subjective, however, more often than not, a skill set in a specific area of recruitment, along with a language or two, can assist in qualifying a candidate to be hired. There are no strict academic qualifications to obtain a work visa.

The processing time of a work visa depends on each applicant’s circumstances but normally a period of 4-6 weeks from the date of submission is standard. Upon approval of the application a one-year work visa will be granted.

If an individual comes to Hong Kong before applying for a work visa, typically on a tourist visa, and subsequently applies for a visa whilst in Hong Kong, this will change the status of the application and it is comparatively more difficult to process as it requires an explanation why the individual did not apply for the work visa before arrival in Hong Kong. Thus it is advisable to apply first, if you do enter Hong Kong before the work visa is in effect, then you will be required to exit Hong Kong for a very short period (even less than 24 hours) in order to activate the employment visa.

You will be arranged by your employer to hold a Hong Kong Identity Card (HKID) once your legal working status and/or spouse status has been confirmed. The HKID is a very important piece of identification and is used regularly in daily life for the application of credit cards, bank accounts, passport visas, and so forth.

An employment visa will last for the length of your employment contract (renewable upon an annual basis) and is transferable to another corporate sponsor should you decide to change employers within Hong Kong. It is preferable to be able to transfer corporate sponsorship rather than begin anew the employment visa process which can take 6-12 weeks versus 2-3 weeks for transfer.

After 7 years of continuous legal working status in Hong Kong you can become eligible for Permanent Residency. Once you hold Permanent Residency you no longer require an employer to sponsor you for work and you become an “easier” candidate to hire in some cases!

For up to date information on visas and other issues, we recommend you visit the Hong Kong Department of Immigration’s website

Some of our clients do sponsor employees from overseas directly by engaging a Hong Kong-based agency to perform the paperwork process.


Generally speaking, income tax in Hong Kong is relatively low and flat. You will be liable for Hong Kong tax payment at a rate of 15%-17% paid biannually in January and April. Your employer will not withhold tax from your monthly salary or commissions so it is your individual responsibility to save and pay tax accordingly.

Tax in Mainland China and Singapore differ from the Hong Kong tax rate and generally speaking they maintain somewhat higher rates ranging from 22%-30% depending upon multiple factors.

Monetary Pension Fund (MPF)

Every person earning income in Hong Kong is liable to pay into the MPF at a minimum rate of HK$1000 per month or at a higher amount upon your own discretion. Your firm must match your contribution into your MPF on a monthly basis. MPF is invested by your choice of investment funds and can be liquidated only upon your permanent departure and exit from Hong Kong with proof that all Hong Kong income tax has been paid and is up to date.

There is a vast range of salaries within the recruitment industry in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Mainland China, all of which largely depend upon sector specialisation, years of experience in the recruitment industry, billings history, and on-the-ground experience in the relevant geographical areas as the cultures of each country and city vary widely.
As a recruiter, understanding local culture, approaches toward employment, and local language basics can be very important.

How we can work with you

We deal with a large number of recruitment clients who range from specialist boutique firms and large international recruitment agencies to recruitment firms establishing offices for the first time in Asia.  We have a thorough understanding of the various commission structures, pay platforms and benchmark compensation that are offered by our variety of clients, and we can assist you to better understand what is on offer in order to enhance your choice to undertake a career move to Asia.

 Want to Work in China?

China can be a fascinating place to work and live. It can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience or you may end up liking it so much you will stay longer than planned. The cultural differences can be interesting when you are visiting, but whilst working there, you have to adapt and become flexible to new ways of working within a firm comprised of diverse nationalities and backgrounds.

Recruitment firms in China tend to be on the smaller side, apart from the large international franchises employing from 50-100 employees in one office. Often a firm may employ as few as 4-10 staff who are all working as a team to support one another’s searches. So working one’s own desk without support is not likely to happen in China.


Given China’s size and its varied landscape there is no one time in the year when weather is ideal in every part of China. The warmest areas in winter are to be found in the South and Southwest, such as Guangzhou (Canton).
Shanghai is typically quite warm however the winter can be wet and cold and with minimal heating equipment it can feel colder than its temperature. Beijing has snowy winters with dropping digits but has very well-heated facilities.
China has a climate mainly dominated by dry seasons and wet monsoons, which leads to wide temperature differences in winter and summer.  The climate in China differs from region to region because of the country's extensive and complex topography, however typical thinking says above Shanghai is cold and below Shanghai is hot.

Employment Visas

A work visa is required for persons wanting to work in China for pay and their accompanying family members.  The Z visa is only granted if you and the employer meet certain requirements.  First, the organisation must be accredited to employ foreigners.  You must meet the requirements as a 'foreign expert' and the employer must obtain a certificate stating that you comply.  Generally speaking, experience as a recruiter and a native English speaker will qualify an individual for a work visa.

The employer will send you a government issued Employment Permit and Visa Notification Letter which you must submit with a photocopies with your application.  Family members accompanying an applicant may also apply for a Z visa submitting a 'proof of relationship' instead i.e. their marriage certificate for a spouse, or birth certificate for a child.
The visa is valid for only 30 days from the date of arrival during which time you and your employer must seek a Temporary Residence Permit for the duration of your contract, to a maximum of 12 months.


For a foreigner working in China, your basic salary will be relatively equal to what you would receive in your home country. Additionally, you may be granted stipends for things like your flat rental, transportation, holiday, and so forth.
The commission portion however may have some variance due to the fact that salaries in China are somewhat lower in certain sectors. If you are placing people locally into jobs in low-paid sectors, then your commissions may be based more on volume. In other cases if you are searching for candidates regionally or internationally for roles based in China, your commission may comprise a grander portion of your take-home than usual.


According to the present Income Tax Law, individuals who have resided in China for less than a year shall pay individual income tax in China on their incomes derived from sources within China. However, a foreign individual working in China offering services shall be exempted from individual income tax on his/her wages and salaries if he/she lives in China for less than 90 days in succession in the same year (or 183 days as applicable in case of individuals from countries having signed tax treaties with China).

Progressive tax rates ranging from 5 to 45 percent shall apply to wages and salaries in excess of specific amounts according to the prescribed schedule. Foreigners are allowed a RMB 4000 standard deduction from their monthly income of wages and salaries. On other incomes, such as royalties, one-off remuneration for personal services, interest, dividends, bonuses, rental income, accidental income, and other types of income, a flat rate of 20% generally applies on the taxable amount in excess of specified exemptions.

How we can work with you

We deal with a large number of recruitment clients who range from specialist boutique firms and large international recruitment agencies to recruitment firms establishing offices for the first time in Asia.  We have a thorough understanding of the various commission structures, pay platforms and benchmark compensation that are offered by our variety of clients, and we can assist you to better understand what is on offer in order to enhance your choice to undertake a career move to Asia.

Want to Work in Singapore?

If you are considering relocating to Singapore to live and work, you may find the following information will assist you in evaluating your options. Please consult the relevant agencies involved in obtaining a visa to work in Singapore for individual details.

Like most of Southeast Asia, Singapore is generally hot and humid. It's warm and humid year round, with the temperature almost never dropping below 20°C (68°F), even at night, and usually climbing to 30°C (86°F) during the day. Recent times, it even reached till 35°C.  Humidity is high, mounting over a 75% mark. November and December is the rainy season. June-August is considered to be the best time to visit, but even then it rains often. When it does rain, it's generally only for a short period.

Certification for Recruiters Working in Singapore

The Certificate of Employment Intermediaries (CEI) aims to equip Employment Agency personnel with the necessary knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations. This ensures that employment agencies understand the law and their obligations, thereby raising their professional knowledge and service to their clients. Key appointment holders will undertake the 40-hour course with other employment agency personnel undertaking a basic course of 32 hours.
Once completed, the individual can commence employment at their employer.

Employment Pass

The Employment Pass allows foreign professionals to work in Singapore. It applies to foreigners who earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$3,000, and have acceptable qualifications. Employers must make applications for Employment Passes on behalf of a job candidate. Any change of employer will require a new application.

For more details, please see the below website.
Salaries and Benefits

Most companies in Singapore operate on a five-day work-week, based on the legal standard of 44 hours a week. Vacation leave varies from seven to 14 days, usually increasing with length of service and seniority. Contracts often include two to three weeks of paid sick leave and hospitalisation leave.

Salaries are very competitive in Singapore and you may enjoy additional perks such as housing, transport and education allowances, as well as stock options. A fixed bonus is given at the end of the year, equivalent to one month’s salary. In addition, variable bonuses are sometimes declared, depending on the company and individual’s performance.
Many companies provide their employees with other incentives such as recreational facilities and holiday subsidies.

Singapore has a lower cost of living than Hong Kong and as a result salaries may be somewhat lower.
As a recruiter, understanding local culture, approaches toward employment, and local language basics can be very important.


One of the main attractions for global talent is Singapore’s personal income tax rates, which are among the lowest in the world. If you have been in Singapore for at least 183 days in a calendar year, you are considered a tax resident and will be taxed on all income that is incidental to employment in Singapore. Non-residents, who are in Singapore for less than 183 days a year, will be taxed only on income earned in Singapore.

To find out more information and tax rates, visit the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore website.

How we can work with you

We deal with a large number of recruitment clients who range from specialist boutique firms and large international recruitment agencies to recruitment firms establishing offices for the first time in Asia.  We have a thorough understanding of the various commission structures, pay platforms and benchmark compensation that are offered by our variety of clients, and we can assist you to better understand what is on offer in order to enhance your choice to undertake a career move to Asia.

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