With the recent release of the Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition, international hires and their ease of settling in abroad are in the spotlight once again. The report, which focuses on expats that moved abroad for work-related reasons, is based on the Expat Insider survey, one of the world's most comprehensive surveys on life abroad.
The findings indicate that international hires are not well supported by their employers, especially when compared to foreign assignees. Furthermore, they are lacking personal support to help with their social integration abroad. Here's a snapshot of international hires:
The report indicates that international hires generally move abroad with a long-term perspective, but a quarter plan to leave earlier than expected, with the lack of employer support and loneliness being key reasons for an early return. The biggest motivations for international hires moving abroad are general career development and better compensation or benefits. Other reasons, such as more attractive employment opportunities, more senior positions, personal development, and new experiences outside of work also stand out.
The top reasons for their dissatisfaction abroad are not being able to make friends and not feeling at home in the local culture. Their satisfaction ratings with all aspects of life abroad also decrease after the honeymoon phase. The imbalance between the work life and personal life of international hires is also clear from their happiness ratings — job satisfaction is the top reason for happiness (60%) for those that are happy abroad. However, for those that are unhappy, not having enough socializing opportunities is their top reason (50%) for unhappiness.
About theExpat Insider 2019 Business Edition: The InterNations Expat Insider is one of the world’s largest surveys on life abroad — 20,259 expats took part. The Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition focuses specifically on global employees and their spouses — 10% of respondents were foreign assignees, 23% were international hires, and 7% were relocating spouses. Through detailed results, infographics, and expat quotes, the report provides insights that can assist global mobility and HR professionals in understanding the needs of expat employees better.
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