It’s the final week of this year’s Expat Explorer Survey and as our recruitment draws to a close we take a look back at the countries that made a splash in last year’s survey findings and those who still need to qualify for the 2011 report.
Last year expats in the Philippines made the headlines ranking the 8th wealthiest country in the World with over 30% saying they had more disposable income since moving. Expats based there were also the most likely to have domestic help with 90% of respondents employing staff at home. Expats were also able to buy more luxuries with 38% owning more than one property, 43% owning a property with a swimming pool and 67% taking more exotic holidays.
In terms of expat experience the Philippines was ranked 15th. Finding accommodation and quality of accommodation was ranked particularly high. Expats also enjoyed a fulfilling social life participating in a range of entertainment and finding it easy to integrate and make new friends.
Here is how some of last year’s respondents described their lives in the Philippines:
“Highly privileged and enriching. Lucrative yet humbling and a very special way of seeing and experiencing what the world has to offer.”
“We all enjoy living the expat lifestyle as company pays for healthcare, schooling, and utilities therefore allowing us to save money to enjoy earlier retirement.”
“It has been the most rewarding & most challenging experience of my career!”
This year we still need more respondents for the Philippines to qualify so we are encouraging all expats in the country to complete the survey to make sure they are represented in 2011. The findings of the study are a valuable resource for expats and would be expats across the globe so now you’ve been reminded of the findings from last year let us know how 2011 compares and remember, if you were looking to move abroad, what would you want to know?