Singapore scores as favourite UK expat professional destination

Published:  20 Feb at 6 PM
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The city-state of Singapore is again hitting the headlines as the best destination for relocating expat professionals.

Singapore has long been a hub for UK expatriates seeking high salaries, first-world amenities and opportunities to develop their careers, and is a high scorer in related surveys as a result. The latest survey by an international removals specialist company rated the city-state as number one of 18 destinations, triumphing over Canada and Australia in second and third places.

Chart-topping reasons for Singapore’s top ratings included very low levels of unemployment and crime, a top-class heathcare system and excellent standards of education. Take-home pay for UK expats averaged twice the rate in the home country, with the 22 per cent top level of income tax also averaging half that at home. Heathcare facilities and services were rated at number 1, with the UK’s NHS coming in at a poor 10th place.

The low unemployment totals in Singapore have resulted in improved job prospects, and the city-state’s cleanliness and safety scored high with expat families. Canada and Australia, in second and third places respectively, scored well for high incomes as well as for giving an English-speaking environment, but fell due to higher crime rates, more expensive real estate and their soaring costs of living.

France, Spain and South Africa, all of which are popular with British expatriates, gave disappointing performances in the survey due to high taxes, low incomes, crime, poor education options, lower heathcare standards and high unemployment. China, India, Brazil and Russia were the least popular countries and the least likely to attract high quality talent.

Other formerly popular hubs for relocating professionals including the USA, UAE and Norway, all of which fell out of favour for several reasons, the majority being related to high costs of living and housing and social factors. The USA’s crime rate, expense of healthcare, poor educational standards and present instability saw its popularity collapse, and the UAE’s inexpensive real estate and tax-free high incomes didn’t cancel out its social problems. Norway, although boasting English proficiency, also fell due to its high living and housing costs.

Source: 1st Move International
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