Asia is home to among the highest paid expats in the world as revealed in this year's Expat Explorer survey, where average expat remuneration packages are at least 15% higher than the global average - $74,000 per annum, compared to $64,000 elsewhere.
In Asia, the highest proportion of expats earning more than $250,000 are located in Indonesia (22%), Japan (13%) and China (10%) compared with a global average of just 3%. Comparatively, the lowest-paid expats live in Europe, where average salaries are $53,000 annually. Within Europe, a significant proportion of expats in Spain and Italy earn less than $60,000 per year (83% and 82% respectively) compared to the global average (65%).
This year's findings also reveal that Thailand emerges as a favourable destination for expats looking for both quality life and improved financial status. As well as taking top spot in the Expat Experience league tables, the country also ranks top for the Disposable Income criteria. Upon relocation, expats in Thailand are more likely to say they have greater disposable income, with nearly eight in ten expats (76%) witnessing an improvement compared with the global average (49%). This trend is mirrored elsewhere in the region where a large proportion of expats in Taiwan (64%) and Vietnam (64%) report similar experiences.
It seems that these thriving Asian countries still have strong appeal for career-minded expats. Despite the recent slowdown of China's wider economy13, nearly seven in ten expats (69%) moved to China to take advantage of better job opportunities, closely followed by Singapore (54%) and Hong Kong (41%).
Expat Explorer collects key findings from countries around the world.
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