The Best Countries To Work In

Are you thinking about moving abroad for business? Now is the time as HSBC has released a ranking of the best countries in the world for expat professionals. HSBC had YouGov survey nearly 27,000 expats from 190 countries and territories for this report, making it pretty accurate. The survey asked expats how easy it was for them to live, work, and raise a family where they were.

If you are thinking about moving abroad for a job you will have the following in mind; career progression, work-life balance, employment benefits, and other factors. This has all been taken into account during this survey. Are you ready to have your questions answered?




Average expat salary: $97,486.


The beautiful country of Norway is a newcomer to this list, however, this does not mean it isn’t one of the best. This country made it to number five on the list, an excellent achievement some would say.  HSBC says that across all countries surveyed expats working in Norway, had the biggest improvement in their work-life balance, with 87% of respondents citing this!


 United Arab Emirates


Average expat salary: $112,820.


Are you loking for sunnier, sandier pastures? The United Arab Emirates may be the move of your dreams. The statistics look well for UAE as 56% of expats receive an accommodation allowance in the UAE, according to HSBC, and 75% receive health benefits. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Al Ain are all part of the UAE making it a popular location for expats.



Average expat salary: $84,802.


Swedish people are know for their excellent work/life ration and 71% of expats who go to Sweden to work say the work culture is an improvement on their native country. The Head of HSBC Expat, says: “According to our survey, Europe is home to some of the best destinations for a successful expat career. Six European countries have made their way into the top 10 and are recognised for their strong work culture, great work-life balance and relatively good job security.”




Average expat salary: $97,693.


Germany is one of the best countries in Europe and in the world to work in as it comes a close second to Switzerland. Apparently Germany is the best destination for those who wanted to grow their skillset. It is also a great location for job security and career progression. A huge, 70% of expats say job security is better than their home country.


Average expat salary: $188,275.


There is always a winner! “For the second year in a row, Switzerland is ranked the best all-round destination for a career abroad. The country combines the best earning prospects with a good work-life balance and an excellent work culture. The average annual expat income in Switzerland is $188,275, almost twice the global average of $97,419.” If you are looking to move Switzerland is your best bet! You will also get to enjoy an excellent ski season and summer!

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