Germany offers expats best career opportunities

Germany has been ranked the best country for expats in terms of career progression by HSBC’s Expat Explorer Careers Survey.

The report, which surveyed more than 22,000 expats from 163 countries about their first careers abroad, found that expat workers in Germany raved about the country’s efficient workplaces and overall work culture.

The survey found that 70 per cent of expat workers believed their work-life balance improved after their move to the country, while 65 per cent described it as productive.

Factors like increasing employment rates and a nationally legislated minimum wage has also meant improved job security in the country.

Bahrain was ranked second, with almost six in ten respondents (59 per cent) in Bahrain believing that working in the country has helped them to become a better leader. Importantly, over three-quarters (77 per cent) of foreign workers say their earning prospects are better in Bahrain than they are at home.

Britain jumped up to third on the list of the best places for expats to work even as the government moves to tighten restrictions on foreigners coming to the country with the date of Brexit approaching.

Almost half of people moving to the UK do so for their career with the average expat working in the UK gaining across the board on work-life balance, career progression and earning prospects.

“The new year can often be a catalyst for considering where you are and where you want to be, particularly when it comes to your career,” said John Goddard, head of HSBC Expat. “There’s no ‘one size fits all’ but if you’re looking for career inspiration, it may be worth going beyond the borders of your home country to find the place where you can thrive at work.”

Top ten best countries for expats to work in

  1. Germany
  2. Bahrain
  3. UK
  4. UAE
  5. Switzerland
  6. Sweden
  7. Singapore
  8. USA
  9. Canada
  10. Hong Kong

Article published 9th January 2019