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Mexico Tops List of 10 Best Countries for Career Women

March 8, 2018

Drawing on the results of the Expat Insider Survey, InterNations offers an in-depth look at ten countries where women working abroad rate their career prospects most favorably - and Mexico tops the chart.

Moving abroad can boost your career but might also lead to financial drawbacks.

More than half the women working abroad (51%) are satisfied with their career opportunities. But at the same time, one-third of them (33%) state that their income abroad is lower than what they would make in a similar job back home, compared to only a quarter of men (25%) stating the same, as InterNations, the world's largest network for people who live and work abroad, reveals.

Based on the insights of close to 7,000 female expats living in 168 countries in its annual Expat Insider Survey, the social network compiled a so-far unpublished ranking of the best countries for women to pursue a career.

So, what are the best expat destinations for women in search of great career opportunities? Drawing on the results of the 2017 Expat Insider survey, InterNations offers an in-depth look at the ten countries where women working abroad rate their career prospects most favorably. While respondents in all top-10 destinations cite above-average satisfaction with their career prospects, they often also benefit from a higher income than at home.

1. Mexico
Higher salary level abroad: 29%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 68%
Weekly full-time working hours: 45 hours

Two-thirds of women working in Mexico (67%) state to be overall satisfied with their job. A German expat especially points out the "job and career opportunities in an environment where expats have a good standing." However, working long hours, it comes as no surprise that 26 percent of female expats working in Mexico are unsatisfied with that factor.

2. Myanmar
Higher salary level abroad: 46%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 70%
Weekly full-time working hours: 45.5 hours

Myanmar is at the top of the chart when it comes to female expats having a high enough household income to cover everything they need: in fact, 39% even have a lot more than enough at their hands, which is more than four times the global average (9%).

3. Cambodia
Higher salary level abroad: 33%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 63%
Weekly full-time working hours: 42.4 hours


With 26 percent of female expats stating that having found a job on their own in Cambodia was their main reason for moving, this is the by far most named reason for relocating to the country. "There are so many ways to develop yourself and try yourself in different spheres," says a female expat from Russia. Moreover, the country has the highest satisfaction rate with working hours (82%) and job security (75%) out of the top-10 destinations.

4. Bahrain
Higher salary level abroad: 65%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 65%
Weekly full-time working hours: 40.9 hours

Close to every woman working in Bahrain (93%) works full time; however, they work the fewest hours out of the top-10 destinations to pursue a career and significantly less than the global average (42.7 hours full time). Unsurprisingly, 77% of working women in Bahrain are satisfied with their work-life balance. "You can still find time to relax after work," states an expat from the Philippines.

5. New Zealand
Higher salary level abroad: 53%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 61%
Weekly full-time working hours: 41.8 hours

With just above one-third (34%), New Zealand has the highest share of women working only part time. One of the reasons for this might be that a large share of them moved in order to increase their quality of life (28%), while only four percent named work-related reasons as their main motivation. However, those who work are highly satisfied with their work-life balance (74%), their job security (71%), and their job in general (76%).

6. Kazakhstan
Higher salary level abroad: 62%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 67%
Weekly full-time working hours: 45 hours

More than half of the women living in Kazakhstan (53%) moved for work-related reasons: they found a job on their own (26%), were sent by their employer (15%), or recruited by a local company (12%). An expat from Georgia is happy to do "the job that I like and be valued as a good professional."

7. United Kingdom
Higher salary level abroad: 51%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 67%
Weekly full-time working hours: 41.1 hours

While expat women often work in education (20% globally), the fields of work are more diverse in the UK: a share of 14 percent each works in education and in healthcare, while another 14 percent are found in advertising, marketing, and PR. A French expat reports that "the UK gave me a chance to prove that I could the job."

8. USA
Higher salary level abroad: 62%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 64%
Weekly full-time working hours: 43 hours

"The career opportunities are incredible," says an expat from Canada living in the USA. Close to one in six expat women (16%) say they have a yearly gross household income of more than 150,000 US dollars, which is twice the global average (8%). On the other hand, they seem to have to work hard for it: the satisfaction with working hours is the lowest (52 percent) out of the top 10 countries to pursue a career abroad.

9. Kenya
Higher salary level abroad: 36%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 60%
Weekly full-time working hours: 46.4 hours

A majority of women working in Kenya were sent abroad by their employer (20%), compared to only seven percent globally. However, they face long hours and jobs that are not necessarily secure - only 48 percent state to be satisfied with the latter (57% globally). It might be the income that makes them stay: same as in the United States, 16 percent have a gross household income of more than $150,000 US dollars per year.

10. Ireland
Higher salary level abroad: 51%
Satisfaction with career prospects: 63%
Weekly full-time working hours: 41 hours

In Ireland, a majority of women (14%) work in healthcare, which is twice the global average of female expats in that field (7%). "It is easier to find job opportunities here," states an expat from Romania. Moreover, they enjoy a high job security (64%) and, with less hours per week than the global average, they are also satisfied with their work-life balance (69%).

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About InterNations

With about 3 million members in 390 cities around the world, InterNations is the largest global network and information site for people who live and work abroad. InterNations offers global and local networking both online and face-to-face. At around 6,000 monthly events and activities, expatriates have the opportunity to meet other global minds. Online services include country and city guides created by a team of professional writers, guest contributions about life abroad, and discussion forums to help members with topics such as the local job or housing search. InterNations membership is by approval only to ensure we remain a community of trust.

To learn more about InterNations' Expat Insider survey, and see more 2017 rankings, reports and infographics, please visit internations.org.