With many expats moving abroad in search of increased career opportunities, undoubtedly many are already researching into expected salary levels and career prospects within their chosen country. But, how much do expats take into account the working hours and holiday allowance in their new destination? Both of these factors are important for those who want to guarantee a good work / life balance in their new country and shouldn’t be overlooked.
So, according to a Reuters / Ipsos poll we saw on the Daily Telegraph this week, it turns out that France is the place to go for those who value a relaxing lifestyle.
Workers in France are most likely to take advantage of their full holiday allowance (89%) followed by Argentina (80%), Hungary (78%), Britain (77%) and Spain (77%) who dominate the top five spots, which demonstrates how dearly the Europeans value their time off work!
However, those who enjoy long haul trips and long relaxing breaks from work shouldn’t look to Japan. Unfortunately it scores lowest of all 24 countries surveyed, with only 33% of employees using their full holiday quota.
Of course, all expats have different factors that influence their decision to move, but it’s important to make sure you do your research on the points that are important to you – whether that’s work life balance, language barriers or career opportunities. It’s always great to hear your thoughts on what you look for in an expat location, so get in touch with your stories!
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