Qatar and UAE top expat spots for career junkie female talent

Published:  16 Mar at 6 PM
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Beating out traditional hot spots such as Hong Kong, the USA and Singapore, the two emirates of Qatar and the UAE give female professionals more income, savings and career opportunities across the board.

According to the 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer survey, the UAE tops Qatar by a small margin for women prioritising financial incentives. Over half of the respondents rated career progression, high salaries and the ability to save part of their income as the prime reasons for relocating overseas.

Almost 10,000 expat women took part in the survey, representing 25 countries of origin. Of the two competing emirates, Qatar won out for 57 per cent in the increased earnings category as well as 73 per cent on the savings front. The UAE’s work environment was high on the list of plus points, and 40 per cent of respondents reported earnings well in advance of those in their countries of origin. Over half of respondees were able to save more in the UAE.

On the important global benefits front, 88 per cent of expat female professionals preferred Qatar for its employee benefits, with the UAE just one point below at 87 per cent. As for the rest of the popular relocation hubs, rated for their contribution to the financial side of expat life, the USA took third place with 45 per cent, followed by Singapore and Hong Kong with 42 per cent each.

As regards relocation packages and employee benefits, Qater and the UAE again came out on top with 88 and 87 percent respectively, although India shared the 87 per cent rating with the UAE. Expat women heading for China will be pleased to see that it rates at 86 per cent as regards benefits, with Thailand just one point below at 85 per cent, However, professional women may feel the present government in Thailand gives cause for slight concern on the visa and work permit front.

The survey suggests the traditional Western destinations for career enhancement and high salaries are finally being superseded by successful Asian Tiger economies. Career development prospects are strong in China, Singapore and Hong Kong, leading to higher wages, increased savings and more generous benefits as well as a more interesting lifestyle.
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