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The Role

The Financial Times is seeking a Singapore Correspondent to cover one of the world’s most important financial centres. Normally operating solo - although in close cooperation with the SE Asia correspondent and the finance team around the world - the role covers everything from investment banks to oil trading and local politics. For an enterprising reporter, the scope is wide-reaching.

Singapore has evolved into one of Asia’s main financial hubs, and after recent setbacks to Hong Kong, its share of regional trading and banking activity is on the rise. All of that deal-making is of core interest to the FT, as are the numerous entrepreneurs and family offices, most especially from China, that have set up shop in the city-state. Singapore’s status as an offshore hub means it also attracts its share of colourful characters and dubious behaviour: from the collapse of Barings to the Wirecard scandal, significant parts of the action were in Singapore.

The city is not just a centre... for making deals; it is an important player itself. Temasek and GIC are role models for many of the world’s sovereign wealth funds and their activity is another important source of stories. Singapore’s much-admired social model, and the tensions that exist in Singaporean society nonetheless, are also of great interest to the outside world.

The Singapore correspondent also has responsibility for Malaysia, which is having a resurgence in the semiconductor industry, and charting an independent course in regional geopolitics. There may also be opportunities to cover stories elsewhere in SE Asia, especially when following supply chains and deals that pass through Singapore.

News is the heart of the job - and you will find strong demand from FT editors - but we want and expect the correspondent to write across a range of formats, from sharp analysis to magazine features. There will be opportunities for travel. Singapore is also an important venue for FT Live and you will be asked to represent the FT at events.

Your Skills

The core of the job is writing and reporting. You will have extensive experience as a journalist, most likely in financial reporting or as a foreign correspondent, with a demonstrated ability to cultivate sources and break news. You should be able to write for all parts of the website and newspaper, from strong spot news to deft analysis on a range of subjects.

You will be highly motivated and full of ideas for stories, not just waiting for the news to arrive. Good communication skills are important. You should regularly pitch ideas to editors in Hong Kong and deliver copy when promised. You should also be collegiate: forging a close relationship with FT correspondents across the region will be crucial to your success.

Singapore is one of the world’s wealthiest cities and a comfortable place to live. The reporting environment, however, does require a degree of resilience. The state maintains tight control over the local media. Some information may not be publicly announced or readily available, requiring a correspondent to work hard and keep up their sources in order to stay in the game.

Please submit your application by the end of the day, Monday 13th May 2024.


Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

How we work

Our hybrid setup means staff are expected to come into the office 3 days a week.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We believe that a supportive workplace is one where employees feel they can be themselves at work and have the flexibility they need to meet their personal needs.

Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact [email protected] and a member of our team will be happy to help.

About the Financial Times

The FT has an uncompromising mission: delivering independent, quality information, news and services to individuals and companies around the globe. It’s the cornerstone of our reputation and the heart of our ambitions for the future. But for our people, the FT offers so much more than what we do. FT people come from all kinds of backgrounds and work across a huge range of disciplines and locations, and find an empowering, warm and welcoming culture that values curiosity and rewards smart, ambitious thinking. Those who are willing to unite around our mission and live our values will find plenty to challenge, inspire and interest them. Like the audiences we serve, no two FT people are the same; but together we help our audience be better informed and understand the world around them. It’s a job that’s never mattered more, and a career that can take you anywhere you want to go.
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