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Useful tips for expatriates and global job seekers
Human Resources's insight:
As a global job seeker you'll need to consider many factors when planning for an international assignment or expatriate career. For example, you'll want to know what the job market is like for various destinations, how livable each location is, how expensive is it to live there, how easy it is to get a job, how safe is it etc.... A lot of research and planning is required, and to help you with this, I have compiled a 5 piece research tool kit to help you with your international expatriate career planning.
Manpower Global Talent Shortage Survey
This is a great survey aimed at HR professionals but which is also useful for expats. It shows the countries where employers are currently finding it hardest and easiest to find talent. As an expatriate you might want to focus on countries with talent shortages as it is a candidate's market and demand for talent will be high and it may be easier to get a job with a higher salary and better terms.
2. Cost of Living Salary Calculator by salaryexpectation.com
This is a world-wide cost of living salary expectation calculator which determines the salary that global job seekers/expatriates need to earn in their expatriate destination city of choice in order to both maintain and increase their current standard of living.
This is a crucial tool for expats and global job seekers which can be used as part of your salary discussions when negotiating the package for your expatriate assignment or new job in another city or country. The calculator uses the cost of living indices from the Worldwide Cost of Living Surveys by their partner, the Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey which is carried out twice a year collects more than 50,000 individual prices of 160 items from food, toiletries and clothing to transport and utility bills in every city and so has very robust data foundations – and this is why a small fee of $50 is charged to produce a Personal Salary Expectation Report, but you do appear to get value for money in the report as it contains data on the following and the report can be used to negotiate a higher salary:
The minimum salary you need to maintain your current standard of living.The salary that will increase your standard of living.The cost of living difference between your current city and your destination city.Prices of up to 22 essential items, including food items like bread and milk, household supplies, water and electricity bills in your destination city.Average prices of furnished and unfurnished apartments in your destination city.Income Tax summary for your destination city.
3.BBC's Most Wanted Profession's Tool
This is an interactive tool which enables the user to examine the world's 20 most wanted professions and see which countries are in need of those skills. This is a great tool for expatriates as it allows you to focus your expatriate job searching activity in countries where your skills are in most demand.
4.Economist Unit's Global City Liveability Rankings
There are many of these types of surveys but this is my favorite. The survey ranks 140 cities throughout the world on how livable they are based on 30 factors covering five main areas: stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. This means that expats can research and target cities which are more suited to their lifestyle requirements.
5.World's Most Expensive Cities by Mercer.
This study looks at the top 50 most expensive cities for an expatriate to live in the world by looking at the kind of products and services that expatriates need to spend their money on.
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