Survey shows modern technology aids expat quality of life

Published:  19 May at 6 PM
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A recent survey has shown that a majority of British expats working and living overseas take full advantage of modern technology to improve their work/life balance.

NatWest Bank’s Quality of Life survey included UK expats in a number of countries such as the USA, Hong Kong, Canada, the Antipodes, China, South Africa and the UAE. Of those surveyed, 94 per cent confirmed that their workplace efficiency had been improved by recent technological advances.

Increased mobility in their working lives as a result of improved IT was mentioned by 82 per cent, and more flexible working and fewer business trips were stated as advantages by 67 per cent and 92 per cent respectively. Over half of those surveyed noted that technology is now an essential for communication with clients and colleagues in other countries.

UK expats based in Singapore used IT the most, followed by their counterparts in the USA, Hong Kong and Canada, with expat workers in Australia close behind. Respondents from New Zealand, the UAE, EU countries, China and South Africa made up the list of those committed to increased use of technology to improve their working lives.

A further result of the survey was the revelation that it’s not enough nowadays to have English as your native language, as familiarity with IT and its use is equally important. The international trend towards flexitime and working from home is improving the work/life balance of expat business people, with the English-speaking countries leading the field in its application to the professional life.
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