Archive for 2012
Close to half of British companies, of all sizes, are looking to extend their presence overseas, according to a survey by private medical insurance providers, Expacare. The survey questioned 100 decision makers from UK businesses with between five and 1,000 employees. Nearly a half (43%) were considering a move to start working abroad, or to [...]
A new survey has shown nearly a half of expats moving to the UAE don’t have enough practical information. A third found the relocation process more difficult than they expected, according to the research from Zurich, an international insurance company. The survey of 775 expatriates in the UAE was conducted by YouGov, and found the [...]
The total number of employees on international assignments has stayed relatively stable over the last few years. However, the number of global nomads (people who move from country to country on multiple assignments) and long-term expats has increased. This is creating challenges for employers when it comes to providing expatriate benefits. According to Mercer’s 2011/2012 [...]
A new study shows relocating employees abroad can be beneficial to both business and employees. Conducted by TJinsite, the survey results showed 70 percent of organisations think relocation is especially important for talent acquisition and retention. This percentage was significantly higher in larger companies, those with 500+ employees. With a larger workforce staff mobility is [...]
Despite the ongoing global economic crisis, companies are increasing the number of employees they send abroad. According to the 2012 Global Relocation Trends Survey report, overseas assignments increased at 64 percent of companies in 2011, compared with 43 percent the previous year. Among these companies 63 percent expect this trend to continue in 2012. This [...]
A recent study has shown the number of people moving abroad for work continues to increase. While this is benefiting the recruitment and relocation industries, it brings risks in terms of international compliance. The biggest risk for recruiters or companies is found when moving talent across borders. The “2011 Global Talent Mobility Survey” of more [...]
The United Arab Emirates, and in particular Dubai, has long been a top destination for professional expatriates. But now, the rising cost of living is impacting on the lives of expats across the region. The cost of rent has fallen slightly, but the cost of everything else is rising. This includes groceries, utilities, school fees, [...]
Exercising, cooking, health checks, many things have been made easier with the advent of new apps. For employees or clients relocating abroad the stress levels can be high. Consider using one of these mobile phone apps to aid in the relocation process. 1. Moving List – An app for iPhone and iPod Touch, it contains [...]
Few expats move abroad with a perfect understanding of the local language. And while everyone should try and learn the language of their new home (for both social and practical reasons), it doesn’t happen overnight. In the meantime body language can help expats communicate. Timothy Penix found that out firsthand when he was studying in [...]
When Forbes ranked the UAE the world’s least friendly country (by analyzing HSBC’s Expat Explorer data with a special formula), it touched off a firestorm of controversy in the tiny Gulf country. According an article by The National, expats and locals alike have leapt to the UAE’s defense. They’re even using a #UAEFriendly hashtag on Twitter.
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