Top 10 Countries Attracting International Talent

Based on a worldwide survey of expats across the world, Switzerland was ranked number one for the second year in a row, thanks to a winning combination of good pay prospects and work-life balance, as well as a positive work culture. The average annual expat income in Switzerland is $188,275—nearly twice the global average of $97,419. Besides that, 69 percent of expats in Switzerland said they saw an improvement in their work-life balance, while 61 percent said the work culture there was better than in their home country.

The survey showed that despite Europe’s below-survey average offering in expat earnings and benefits (except in Switzerland), the region in general provides a highly attractive working environment. Most expats in the region (52 percent) believe the European work culture is an improvement compared to their home country; especially in Sweden, where 71 percent of expats said so.

Recent graduates also reported better job prospects, job security and work culture abroad compared to employment opportunities in their home countries. More than 60 percent of them added that overseas work experience was a valuable addition to their résumé and would likely improve their job prospects upon returning home.

Around two-thirds of expats currently in Hong Kong and Singapore reported that the two city-states were good choices for career advancement—well above the worldwide average of 43 percent—while other expats across Asia said that they found their work more fulfilling since relocating.

Dean Blackburn, head of HSBC Expat, said: “Some expats are looking for an accelerated route to the top of the career ladder, some want to put themselves on a firmer financial footing, while others want to improve their work-life balance. There is an ideal destination to achieve one or more of these goals.”

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