Expat Working Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Working Abroad

29 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Brexit court judgment excludes 700000 expat voters

The concerns of 700,000 long-stay British expats have been dismissed by the High Court in a controversial ruling. Judges at the High Court yesterday dismissed the case for allowing British citizens who’ve lived overseas for over 15 years to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum. The verdict wasn’t unexpected, with lawyers acting for Harry Shindler and Jacqelyn MacLannan immediately announcing an appeal to the Supreme Court. Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that expats fear becoming resident aliens in their chosen EU member...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Sexism alive and kicking in expat destinations

Female expats unprepared for this negative aspect of culture shock are experiencing sexism in a number of countries. Nowadays, single women are as likely to emigrate either to further their careers or to retire as are men. However clued up they are to cultural differences and diversities in their new country, they’re often unprepared for the politically incorrect male chauvinism they’ve hardly ever experienced at home. Photographer and writer Sheila Taylor left the UK for a two-year stint in Rio de Janeiro, expecting a fresh,...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Better work life balance main motivation for relocation

An improved work/life balance is the main reason for expat relocation, according to a recent survey. Professionals looking to work overseas are motivated first by the wish for a better work/life balance, although better pay and improved career opportunities also play a part in the decision. According to the results of a study by AXA PPP International, those wanting to progress in their chosen field are willing to move overseas even before they’ve found a suitable job. Although UK companies are trying hard to recruit and support...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Learning the local language is the worst expat challenge

Whether you’re emigrating to enjoy retirement in the sun or taking on a challenging new position overseas, your worst nightmare is likely to be the local language. Research states that becoming fluent in a new language is a huge challenge, especially if you’re not as young as you used to be. For those working overseas, the biggest obstacle to making a go of the new job is communication, with the overall success of an assignment largely dependent on your command of the new language. If you’re moving overseas as part of your...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Typical expat Brit now female, young and mobile

Young, female and mobile are the buzz words for a new breed of British expat, according to a recent survey. The recently-announced findings of a survey by a major British bank have identified a huge change in the composition of the UK expat community overseas. Over the last five years, the number of young, upwardly mobile workers living overseas has increased by a massive 265 per cent and now comprises more than half of the total of Brits working abroad. What’s more, the numbers of female expats in the 25-35 age group has doubled...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2016

UK 2016 Budget blows warm and cold for Brit expats overseas

UK expats living overseas received a mix of good and bad financial news when the UK’s 2916 budget was unveiled. The dark clouds hanging over the world economy precluded much in the way of free lunches for any sectors of the UK population wherever they live, but at least the feared spectre of restricting expats’ personal allowances wasn’t hovering in the small print. The threat was first made in 2014, with pre-budget rumours abounding over its introduction in 2016. In fact, personal allowances for all British citizens rose...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in the Gulf fear final salary scheme pension shortfalls

A warning by the UK Pensions Protection Fund that a high number of final salary schemes may be short of necessary funds to pay out amounts due is causing concern amongst UK expats working in the UAE. Wealth management companies in the Gulf are advising expat clients on the best way to transfer out of occupational pensions which may be at risk. An increasing number of expats working in the region are expressing concern about losing out on their planned retirement funds. Paying in to a final salary pension was intended to ensure that...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Cyprus demand end to 15 year overseas votes law

As debate over the upcoming Brexit referendum hots up in expat destinations worldwide, UK citizens living in Cyprus are demanding an end to the controversial 15-year rule which limits voting rights. At present, expats who have lived overseas for more than 15 years are denied the right to vote in general and local elections or referendums affecting the UK’s standing. During the past several years, opposition to the rule has been growing and is now coming to a head amongst UK citizens working overseas or living in retirement havens....
20 May at 9 AM 2015

Expats in Africa have highest salaries but work longest hours

A global survey has revealed that expats in Africa earns more money than their counterparts elsewhere, bringing in an average of £160,000 per year. However, the downside to the high salaries received on the world’s poorest continent is that expats there are working longer hours than anywhere else, with four out of 10 nations on the longest working hours list being in Africa. Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, is home to the most high-earning expats, largely due to the fact that it is the continent’s biggest oil producer...
29 Jan at 12 PM 2015

DeVere introduces mortgage advice sector for expats

DeVere Group has launched a special mortgage division for expats after increased demand from clients who live overseas. The independently-run sector, DeVere Mortgages, will offer advice on properties abroad, buy-to-let equity release and tax optimisation from rental income. The group said it wants to increase its mortgage-related business by as much as 300 per cent over the course of the year on the back of the launch. Head of the company’s East Midlands branch, Mitch Hopkinson, who will oversee the division, explained that even...