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Malta ranks first in the Expat Insider 2015 survey for overall job satisfaction, with seven in ten expats generally satisfied and 27 percent even completely satisfied, compared to a global average of only 16 percent. In terms of career prospects, only the USA and the United Kingdom rank higher. Other popular destinations for those in the search of an interesting job and good career opportunities are China, Mozambique, Luxembourg and Poland.

Work-life balance around the world

Sweden, Norway and Malta occupy the top ranks when it comes to work-life balance, while Saudi Arabia, India and Kuwait are at the bottom. Expats in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, as well as Malta, are also the most satisfied with their working hours, whilst those in Turkey, Greece, and Chile are the least happy with this aspect.

A typical expat work week

According to InterNations, the average expat works a 42-hour week, with 86 percent in full-time and 14 percent in part-time positions. While the global average of 31-year-old to 35-year-old expats working full-time remains as high as 91 percent, there is a huge dip in the number of those above the age of 50, with 79 percent of them working full-time.

Foreign assignees work the most, with 46.1 hours per week, followed by foreign recruitees (44.7 hours) and career-oriented expats (44.1 hours). Traveling spouses, on the other hand, only have a 34.6-hour workweek, which is not surprising considering that 39 percent of them work part-time.

Expat parents only spend slightly less time at work than expats without children: expat dads still work 45.7 hours per week in full-time positions, and 26.1 hours if they have a part-time job. On average, expat moms work less with 43.1 hours in full-time positions or 22.9 hours part-time.

Even among the general survey population, men work slightly longer hours than women (44.2 vs. 39.7 hours). They are also a lot less likely to work part-time than women, with 90 percent of men working full-time compared to 82 percent of women.

Who wants the expats there?

In another study, this time by Amiplot, it seems that Portugal and Bosnia and Herzegovina were among the destinations with the best attitude towards expats and Ireland, Austria and Spain make it into the top countries for expats to settle.

“We rated the best and worst destinations for expats, based on the following four criteria: total number of expats living in the country; percentage of expats per 1.000 people; friendliness towards foreigners; the level of English proficiency,” reads the Amiplot press release.

The Ampilot survey also listed the countries where expats felt least welcome and included almost all of the Eastern European countries.

Source: adapted from TNT Magazine, Expat Insider / InterNations and AmiPlot (Press Release)

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