China is one of the few countries where supporting relocating spouses appears to be a real consideration for employers — 45% of spouses in China received spousal assistance, which is 19 percentage points above the global average.
This is one of the findings from the Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition Country Focus, a report that zooms in on relocating partners in nine countries — China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States of America (USA). The report looks at nine types of relocation support that relocating spouses receive from companies (language classes, intercultural training, additional spouse support, access to networking, access to socializing opportunities, membership in an expat organization, information on local life, move organized by employer or service provider, and lump-sum payment for expatriation-related expenses).
The findings in the report are based on results from the Expat Insider — one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive surveys on expat life.
Along with being the best-supported partners in terms of receiving additional spouse support when compared to those in the other featured countries, relocating spouses in China are also best supported with language classes, intercultural training, membership in an expat organization, information on local life, and the lump-sum payment (alongside spouses in Hong Kong). This more comprehensive relocation support might contribute to the high happiness ratings of spouses in China — 83% are happy (compared to 72% globally) and only 10% indicate unhappiness (compared to 13% globally). Of all the featured countries, this is the second-best overall rating, with only relocating spouses in Hong Kong having a slightly better overall rating — 81% indicate happiness and 9% indicate unhappiness. Furthermore, relocating spouses in China are also happier than foreign assignees and international hires in the country.
While employers with relocating spouses in China set a certain benchmark, this expat type still indicates big needs for access to networking opportunities (74% didn’t receive it but would have liked it), membership in an expat organization (74% didn’t receive it but would have liked it), and access to local socializing opportunities (68% didn’t receive it but would have liked it). These personal aspects of relocation support are, therefore, areas that employers with relocating spouses in China should consider focusing on more strongly.
Find out more in the Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition Country Focus: The report zooms in on Foreign Assignees, International Hires, and Relocating Spouses in nine featured countries. Mini reports for each country provide insights into issues relating to these expats and their employers on topics such as relocation support, settling in, and happiness.
Expat Insider 2018 | Business Edition Country Focus