There's a good chance you've been browsing job portals in Singapore for possible opportunities to jump ship, but you're not looking seriously.

Singaporeans are often looking to change their job, at least according to recruitment agency Michael Page's survey.

But you may want to think twice about taking up a new job, especially if there aren't substantial push factors from your current job except for the lure of money.

You may find that just taking salary as a criteria may lead to an unhappier work-life if other factors are not well considered.

Here's a list of 5 key factors that we at think could affect your life more than a higher pay can compensate:

  1. 1. Boss From Hell

    You may not be able to tell that you will have an evil boss, but there are signs you can look out for.

    Remember, when you go for an interview, not only is the company/recruiter/future boss judging you, you are also judging them.

    If you have bad vibes from your future boss during the interview, that's not a good sign.

    You can try to find out more about the company through websites such as to gain an insight about the company, or try to get connected with people who are working there to do some snooping.

    Be tactful though, as they might end up being your future colleagues!

  2. 2. Long Or Irregular Working Hours

    Some may not mind long hours at work if they are well-compensated for it, but it can take a toll over your health in the long run.

    Ask any investment banker and they will tell you how it is like working over 14 hours a day, sacrificing your weekends and having no idea when you can take a holiday.

    When you calculate your per-hour rate, you may find that it may even be lower than a mid-level executive or only on par.

    So, is that worth it? It is crucial to ask about the real working hours at your new work place, rather than the 'official' hours.

    If you are not used to it, you may just throw in the towel within a month, which may mean you have quit your previous job for nothing.

    Here you can see the 5 jobs that are shunned by Singaporeans due to the long working hours.

  3. 3. Negative Company Culture

    It's hard to judge the company culture of a place until you are already working there. If not, its best to ask around and see if your friends know someone working in that particular company.

    Company culture may mean that holidays are frowned upon, eating-in during lunch or having a negative environment where bosses openly criticise employees.

    On the flip side, it can also mean a flexi-work environment, lots of autonomy or a flat hierarchy.

    You can also look for online reviews about the companies, and this will give you an idea of which kind of work environment you can expect and what your colleagues are generally like.

    A high turnover rate or recurrent job ads for a position over a long period of time are usually signs you should take note of.

  4. 4. Lack Of Flexi-Work

    Are you a new mother or preparing to be? If you are looking for a flexi-work culture in your new job, you may want to be upfront about it, lest it becomes a future problem.

    If you are expecting a new baby, you may want to be sure that you are allowed to take emergency leave or childcare leave when you need it and not have to worry about the security of your job at the same time.

    If you'd prefer a job that lets you work from home, take a look at our list of 5 work-from-home jobs and their challenges.

  5. 5. Less Annual Leave And Fringe Benefits

    You may be tempted to just look at your salary package as a gauge when changing jobs, but fringe benefits can add up and help you save extra costs.

    An insurance package, transport and mobile phone allowance, free pantry or free gym memberships can help you save up to few hundred dollars a month.

    If your offer is slightly below your expected salary but comes with a huge amount of fringe benefits, you should perhaps give it more consideration.

    Another tip is to try to find out what the yearly increment is like, as it will impact your potential salary in the long term.