The fresh report by InterNations, titled “The Future of Working Abroad,” ranks Norway the 12th best country for foreigners working abroad.
In the survey, expats from all over the world shared what it is really like to work abroad, and proved insights into new working arrangements.
You can read the full report here.
The importance of “New Work”
The key focus of the survey is the future of working abroad. More specifically, the countries are ranked by the importance of so-called “New Work” in the local business culture, which describes the new way of working in the global and digital age.
Relevant to this concept are factors like autonomy, freedom, creativity, personal development, and self-fulfillment. In fact, close to three in five working expats (58%) reported that these values are important in the business culture of their host country.
Norway ranked 12th, following the USA, UAE, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Bahrain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Ireland.
Remote work is on the rise
One aspect central to the concept of “New Work” is the option to work from home. Undoubtedly triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, close to four in five (79%) employees are allegedly able to work remotely in 2021.
The study reports that close to two in five working expats (39%) work fully remotely, while the second-biggest share (18%) work remotely for more than 15 days per month.
“What working expats enjoy about the job they have is not necessarily what they envision for their future career. Businesses all around the world will have to offer more within the context of New Work, such as room for creativity. But this is not everything expats ask for,” says Malte Zeeck, InterNations Founder and Co-CEO.
“Despite a growing desire for self-fulfillment and personal development, hard factors such as a good salary remain extremely important for expats in a business context.”
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