Des­ti­na­tions that ‘work’ out well

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety -

Tired of the rat race and look­ing to start anew in a coun­try that of­fers a healthy work-life bal­ance? Con­sider Malta, Nor­way and Lux­em­bourg, which topped a new ex­pat sur­vey that looks at the best coun­tries for work­ing abroad.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a new In­terNa­tions poll which came out re­cently, ex­pats liv­ing in the trio of coun­tries re­ported the high­est lev­els of sat­is­fac­tion across three ar­eas: job and ca­reer, work-life bal­ance and job se­cu­rity.

On the is­land na­tion of Malta, sand­wiched be­tween Si­cily and North Africa, 70% of ex­pat re­spon­dents re­ported gen­eral sat­is­fac­tion in their pro­fes­sional life, and an­other 27% said they were com­pletely sat­is­fied — sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the global av­er­age of 16%.

The most pop­u­lar jobs for ex­pats in­clude IT and the gam­ing sec­tor. De­spite be­ing no­to­ri­ously ex­pen­sive, Nor­way also emerged one of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for ex­pat pro­fes­sion­als, tak­ing the top spot in the cat­e­gory of work-life bal­ance mostly for work­ing the least num­ber of hours in the sur­vey. While the global av­er­age is about 45 hours a week, ex­pats work­ing in Nor­way av­er­age 40.

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to the in­dex, ex­pats in Lux­em­bourg en­joy the best job se­cu­rity. In what comes as lit­tle sur­prise, the most dis­sat­is­fied ex­pats can be found in some of the most eco­nom­i­cally trou­bled coun­tries: Greece, Por­tu­gal and Italy.

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

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