By Ed Attwood
Gulf state ranked alongside Hong Kong by female expatriate workers, survey shows
The UAE ranks alongside Hong Kong as one of the top places for female expatriates to work, according to a new survey.
The Global Professionals on the Move Report 2011, commissioned by the Hydrogen Group, showed that English-speaking countries dominated the list of the most popular destinations for the relocation of professional women.
Among the highest-ranked countries were the US, the UK and Australia, although Asian economies such as Singapore were also popular.
The UAE ranked among the top 16 countries, alongside European destinations such as France, Germany and Spain.
The report analysed responses from 2,637 female professionals from 85 different countries, with qualifications of a bachelor’s degree of above.
A majority of respondents – 91 percent – were either already working abroad or actively looking to do so.
"94 percent of the overall survey respondents who´d moved to Asia said their living conditions had improved with the move and 86 percent had improved their salary as a result of moving here,” said Simon Walker, Hydrogen Asia regional managing director
However, the report also showed that men outnumber women four to one in choosing to work overseas.
This is despite the survey showing that women want to relocate almost as much as men do, and that 100 percent of those women working abroad saying they would recommend the experience to others.
According to the research, women were less satisfied than men regarding pay; 84 percent of men said moving abroad had improved their salary, while only 74 percent of women reported the same.
Similarly, 78 percent of men said their living conditions had improved, while that was the case for only 68 percent of women.
“The report highlights that they are not getting as much international experience as men, which hinders their career progression, despite international companies actively seeking out their talents,” said Walker.