Despite an economic slowdown, China still boasts one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, along with the world’s largest population. The country is offering an abundance of job opportunities for its masses, but there are skills shortages, a looming labor shortage and high employee turnover, all of which is increasing the need for expats on the mainland.
By Mary Anne Thompson, founder and president, Goinglobal, Inc.
With only modest economic expansion this year, high unemployment, and an inflexible labor market, job growth in France remains challenging. However, the country is experiencing talent shortages across many sectors, and those with the necessary skills have the best chance of gaining immediate employment, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
Despite continued high unemployment, Spain’s unemployment rate is improving as its economy is expected to grow faster than most of its European peers, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
With unemployment on the decrease and employers hiring across multiple job sectors, Finland is once again finding favor with expats, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
The cities of San Diego and San Jose shine a positive light on employment trends in the Golden State. Both cities show current low unemployment and growth across multiple job sectors, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
Expats are drawn to Argentina’s capital city for its low cost of living, vibrant culture and growing employment opportunities, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
Two of Asia’s biggest cities see economic growth and jobs increases in their futures, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
Expat friendly but expensive, London proves a continued favorite among foreign jobseekers looking for comfortable environs and a diverse job market, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
Plagued by labor shortages and slow economic growth, Austria is still faring better than most of the European Union, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
Hiring is up, but skills shortages and stagnant salaries plague the Netherlands as it struggles to recover from the global recession, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
The “Celtic Tiger” continues its long journey to economic and employment recovery following devastating effects from the global recession. Although Ireland’s GDP grew by 7.7% for the year ending in June, job growth remains a challenge, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
Despite having weathered the global recession relatively unscathed, Canada now faces high unemployment for young workers, talent shortages and a looming shrinking workforce, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal.
One of the most hard-hit countries in the current global slowdown, Spain is struggling against sliding back into recession, while attempting to reduce its government budget deficit and fight high unemployment.
Ireland is a member of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). EU and EEA-member citizens can visit, study and work in Ireland with little difficulty. Ireland also waives visa requirements for citizens of numerous countries; a work permit, however, is still required. The labor market for non-EU/EEA nationals is restricted, and in most cases, those interested must be in a field with a labor shortage in Ireland or else be a highly-paid employee. Some students entering Ireland from outside the EU or EEA may work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and full time during school vacation periods.
Peru is a thousand-year-old country steeped in tradition and a grand history. Peruvians are proud of the long history of their culture and the level of development achieved by the Inca Empire. A great number of people, however, believe their country’s traditions have been degraded by corrupt leaders and poor examples from teachers. There is a current movement from some employers, therefore, to promote honest, hard-working values that will help the country create good citizens and good workers.
A long-time major oil hub and the Middle East’s second largest economy, the UAE has managed to welcome expats and grow its economy in the midst of the “Arab Spring”.
Although Hong Kong has a predominantly Chinese population, locals see themselves differently from other Chinese around the world, especially Chinese Mainlanders. Western influence has filtered into Hong Kong, but one should not assume business there is conducted in the same way as in Western countries. Hong Kong business is more of a mixture of the East and the West. Tradition and culture are big parts of the business world in Hong Kong, and the ability to adapt to these customs may influence a company’s success. With the emerging economic power of China, Hong Kong businesses are becoming more aware of the Mainlanders’ mindset and business culture. As in China, business in Hong Kong is based on relationships of trust and on a system of mutual obligations and favors (guanxi).
Denmark is characterized by the World Factbook as a thoroughly modern market economy with an extensive government welfare structure, a balanced distribution of income, a comfortable standard of living and a stable political system. Denmark has retained its own currency, the krone (DKK), rejecting the currency of the European Union (EU), the euro (EUR). Political pressure is on to adopt the euro, particularly given the recent turbulence in the global financial markets. The Danish krone is pegged to the euro, so it is subject to the same currency swings. Denmark recently joined the ’Euro pact’ agreement bringing the country further into alignment with future acceptance of the euro currency. However, the most recent poll by Statistics Denmark and Danske Bank still shows Danes would reject the euro if the vote was taken at this time.
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Virtually untouched by the global economic recession, Utah’s Salt Lake City maintains an abundance of desirable jobs.
Guatemala’s labor market has undergone significant change over the last few years,as shown by job requirements for industrial and management positions. Thirty yearsago, jobs could be secured through elementary or high school diplomas. Fifteen yearsago, a middle-level diploma was required. Today’s requirements from medium andlarge companies include a college degree (master’s level), fluent English and workexperience.
Traveling to the United Kingdom generally requires a visa and may involve extensive documentation and patience to meet the application requirements. There are also visa guidelines for any accompanying family members to travel and reside in the UK.
To understand Norwegians, one must understand the natural environment in whichthey live. Considered among the most beautiful places on earth, Norway is also a harshland of cold, snow, fjords and isolation. Norwegians are proud of living so closely tonature and their relationship with the natural world informs their national identity. Themost northerly European country, Norway enjoys one of the world's highest standardsof living. Norwegians are proud of their prosperity, egalitarianism and independence.Norway is not a member of the European Union, although it is an important tradingpartner through the European Economic Area.
The type of visa or work permit required to visit, study or work in Spain dependslargely upon both the applicant’s citizenship and his or her desired length of stay.Once granted, a specific type of visa cannot be changed without first returning to thetraveler’s home country; thus, it is important to apply for the correct visa from the outset.Typically, the application process for all travel documents requires several weeks andthe costs vary depending upon the type of visa or permit needed. Most applicationsmust be submitted in person or by appointment, which may be arranged by an emailrequest, to the consulate or embassy of jurisdiction in the applicant’s home country. Toidentify the Spanish consulate or diplomatic mission closest to your location visit http://www.maec.es/es/EYC/Paginas/embajadasyconsulados.aspx.
With the jobless rate in the United States holding steady at 9.1 percent and the market showing no signs of near-term recovery, many Americans are considering looking abroad to combat their unemployment problem at home.
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Belgium is a small country that is remarkably diverse. The country is now a federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch, consisting of three distinct autonomous regions: Flanders (in the north and west), Wallonia (in the south and east) and Brussels (the capital), each with its own governing body. More significantly for the foreign businessperson, each has its own language, culture, customs and traditions. Three languages are recognized by the Belgian constitution: French (spoken in the Wallonia region), Flemish (or Dutch, spoken in the Flanders region) and German (spoken in just a small area on the border of Germany). Belgium’s capital city, Brussels, is officially bilingual (French and Flemish). It is perhaps not surprising that the Belgian approach to business is consistent with the country’s internal divide: inflexibility of opinion or position is not acceptable and everything has to be a compromise.
Virtually untouched by the economic crisis of the past few years, India offers jobs to millions of its citizens at home and abroad.
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