By Mildred Caranto / The Santiago Times Staff
SANTIAGO — Expat women may unexpectedly find themselves on the receiving end of many a kiss on the cheek in Chile, as this is a common way here to greet someone. But this South American country is at 32nd place in the world when it comes to women’s job security, a recent survey shows.
Based on the insights of more than 6,000 women given in the annual Expat Insider survey, InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, compiled a so-far unpublished ranking of the top countries for women working abroad.
Luxembourg, Taiwan, and Germany top the chart, and they all do particularly well for women’s job security.
Hungary and Bahrain prove great locations for expat women who
want to work abroad, but Luxembourg, Taiwan, and Germany top the
More surprisingly, Hungary and Bahrain follow just behind in the top five, performing extremely well for job satisfaction and career opportunities for women – as opposed to the more negative perception of men working in these countries.
In Chile, the most rich nation of South America, immigrants comprise just around 3% of the total population.
During the InterNations survey, almost half of the women who currently live abroad (46 percent) mentioned their job or business as a reason for expatriating. This share is still lower than among their male counterparts, of which seven out of ten (71 percent) say the same.
An above-average share of women worry about the cost of living and taxation abroad before their move and more than one-third actually end up earning less than at home (36%). But money is not everything: six in ten are satisfied with their occupation, work-life balance, and financial situation abroad.
Nearly 80% of expat women consider themselves happy with their life and three in ten are even thinking about staying abroad forever (31%).
It seems Chile has lot to do on the quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, personal finance, and cost of living for expat women.
Top 10 Countries
8. New Zealand
Worst Countries to Work Abroad for Women
49. Saudi Arabia