In HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer, Singapore
topped the ranking as best place to live and work for a fourth straight year, beating New Zealand, Germany
and Canada. Switzerland
ranked only eighth, with the high cost of raising children and difficulty making friends going against it.
packs everything a budding expat could want into one of the world’s smallest territories,” said John Goddard, head of HSBC Expat.
Sweden, one of the world’s most gender-equal countries, got top billing for family, while New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan led the way in the experience category.
Despite the cultural, financial and professional advantages of moving abroad, the survey of 22,318 people uncovered that women trailed on a variety of metrics.
While relocating boosted women’s income
by roughly 27 per cent -- topping the increase experienced by men -- only about a quarter moved to develop their careers, compared with 47 per cent of their male counterparts. Just half worked full time, and the overall level of education was somewhat lower. Women’s average annual salary was also $42,000 lower than men’s.