Expatriates

Case Study: 2 relocations, 10 years apart

Case Study: 2 relocations, 10 years apart
Nathan Gunn, February 26, 2019

From Manchester to Perth and Back: 

I met Wendy in Perth Australia back in 2014, she had moved over from Manchester with her husband and son some years earlier.

After almost a decade in Western Australia, she decided to move back to Manchester - primarily to be closer to her extended family who live across Lancashire.

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Considering relocating for work? Ask these 5 key questions!

Considering relocating for work? Ask these 5 key questions!
Ray Inskip, January 25, 2019

So, you have been offered a new job in a new location...

Moving home for a new and exciting role is a fantastic way to relocate to a new town, city or even country, whilst also pursuing your career dreams...However, before you accept a new position and move your whole life, you should take time to consider whether this is the right move for you, both in terms of your professional and personal life. You don’t want to be regretful of your relocation or your latest career move, therefore prior to accepting the job you need to properly investigate your new employer and new location. These are the top 5 key questions you should be asking: 

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How to craft a ‘Corporate Housing Christmas’

How to craft a ‘Corporate Housing Christmas’
Katie Smith, December 14, 2018

Make Your Own Decorations

If you are staying in corporate housing over the Christmas period, you may not wish to spend money on Christmas decorations which can be expensive and impractical to transport when the time comes to vacate the property. For those on overseas business assignments, it can be tough to be away from home at Christmas... Especially for those travelling with young families.

Don’t let the thought of spending the festive season in an undecorated house make you (or your kids) feel blue; instead, embrace to the opportunity to get crafty! Making your own inexpensive and eco-disposable Christmas decorations is the perfect solution for cheering yourself up and getting into the Christmas spirit at minimal cost! Check out these three fun festive ideas:

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Christmas Dinner Around the World

Christmas Dinner Around the World
Sofie Finemore, December 14, 2018

Traditions of home

The festive season is upon us once again!  In the UK, the tradition is to put up our Christmas trees and listen to old festive pop-songs on repeat...But no matter what else is happening there is one thing on our mind... Our delicious Christmas feast. Most of us will be picturing a huge turkey, gravy and fluffy Yorkshire puddings, traditionally served with roasted potatoes and root vegetables, sprouts, stuffing, pigs in blankets and condiments like bread or cranberry sauce.

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Categories: Expatriates, International

Relocating Animals...The Wrong Way!

Relocating Animals...The Wrong Way!
Sofie Finemore, November 26, 2018

Pet Relocation

We all love our cuddly (or not so cuddly) animal companions, with an estimated 51 million of us owning a pet in the UK, it seems natural that we would take our ‘animal-family’ with us when we relocate. Brits are animal lovers with our most popular pets being dogs and cats – which frequently travel internationally with their owners.

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The Best Locations for Digital Connectivity

The Best Locations for Digital Connectivity
Sophie Watkins, November 2, 2018

Most of us are technology obsessed, from mobile phones to laptops and tablets we like to be connected for work and play, anywhere, anytime… We love our reliable WiFi and 5G… If you are considering relocating but aren’t ready for a ‘digital detox’ or are looking for a destination that is a strong contender in the age of technology, then these are the locations for you (along with a few to avoid from a tech standpoint) according to the International Expat Insider 2018 Survey.

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The Rise of the Corporate Housing Provider

The Rise of the Corporate Housing Provider
Grace Elvin, November 1, 2018

A change in attitude

Corporate housing is coming into its own; companies, leisure and business travellers alike are seeing the attraction of serviced apartments when compared with long-term hotel stays. So what has caused this change in attitude over recent years? Many businesses readily acknowledge that corporate housing is both more reasonably priced than hotels (considering the length of stays are on average 30 days+) and provide more comfortable and luxurious surroundings for their staff.

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The World’s Most Expensive Accommodation for Business Travellers

The World’s Most Expensive Accommodation for Business Travellers
Charlotte Luck, September 20, 2018

A $1.4 trillion industry

According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), business travel is a $1.4 trillion industry. With business travel now becoming everyday life for most of us, the need for serviced apartments and corporate housing is on the rise, with fewer businesses turning to hotels to fulfil their accommodation needs. Corporate housing and serviced apartment providers offer the business traveller a home from home experience with luxury surroundings and additional services.

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Top foods British Expats will miss abroad

Top foods British Expats will miss abroad
Sofie Finemore, September 20, 2018

One of the best things about moving abroad is having the opportunity to try exciting new things; meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and exploring new cuisines. Trying wonderful new foods can be the highlight of any trip, we can wistfully dream of traditional schnitzels in Austria, escargot in France and the beautiful pasta dishes of Italy. Strangely enough, and somewhat less elegantly, I have noted amongst my friends’ popular foods that are seemingly impossible to locate whilst us Brits are away. It is my pleasure to share these delicacies with you as listed below:

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Top Expat Destinations - HSBC Expat Explorer Survey

Top Expat Destinations - HSBC Expat Explorer Survey
Amber Pittard, August 21, 2018

In their most recent survey (2017), HSBC quizzed over 27,000 expats from across the world, encouraging them to share their thoughts on their new location. The data is presently used widely by HR, global mobility and talent professionals that are involved in the global mobility and expat selection process, however the survey is also useful for employees that are in the process of relocating, those currently on assignment and others that simply want to see where their city is positioned amongst the global rankings.

Can you guess which locations are at the top?

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Santa’s post-Christmas getaway: The best places for Santa to put his feet up in the New Year

Santa’s post-Christmas getaway: The best places for Santa to put his feet up in the New Year
Gabriella Vianello, December 20, 2017

So the tinsel is on the tree and the presents have been wrapped, but as we look forward to the biggest day of the year, Santa eagerly awaits a well-earned rest. After spending the past few months busy making toys for children all over the world, Santa has decided to swap the snowy mountains of the North Pole for somewhere altogether sunnier before he must return to his grotto and start preparing for Christmas 2018! Along with Mrs. Claus, Santa may soon be grabbing his passport, jumping in his sleigh and whizzing off to one of these relaxing retreats…

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Considering Corporate Housing? Bear in mind these 4 factors…

Considering Corporate Housing? Bear in mind these 4 factors…
Gabriella Vianello, November 28, 2017

Whether you are going on a business trip, moving for a short-term project or relocating on a more permanent basis, the quality of your accommodation can be the deciding factor in whether an assignment is a success. With continuous expansion within the Corporate Housing sector, the number of accommodation options available is on the increase. As a result, before making the big move, it is vital to research what the best fit will be for you. By considering the factors below, you can ensure that you choose not only affordable housing, but accommodation that meets your specific needs…

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The effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on US employment

The effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on US employment
Amber Pittard, September 25, 2017

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on 25th August 2017 and Hurricane Irma hit Florida’s Southwest on 10th September 2017. As a Recruiter for the Global Relocation industry, I have spoken with individuals that have been affected by both Harvey and Irma in Houston and Florida, thousands have been left without power and in some locations an evacuation order has been put in place.

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Best countries to relocate to in 2017

Best countries to relocate to in 2017
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 3, 2017

There are many different reasons why people choose to relocate permanently, from job prospects and education to just overall quality of life; but which countries are really the best to relocate to? The United Nation’s annual Human Development Report, which looks at nearly 200 countries and many different categories including financial wealth, gender equality, life expectancy and education, currently ranks Norway as the best country in the world to live in. 

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The Most Expensive Cities for Expats

The Most Expensive Cities for Expats
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 16, 2017

There is a new city at the top of Mercer’s Cost of Living Ranking; Hong Kong is now the most expensive city for an expat to live in (knocking the previous title holder Luanda - the Angolan capital, off the leader board). Many European and North American countries are counted among the priciest places to live; Switzerland has a high cost of living and VAT attached to everything, Denmark has exceedingly high tax rates, and Canada has one of the most overvalued real estate markets in the world. 

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Categories: Expatriates, International

Hong Kong Expats: Expat Kids

Hong Kong Expats: Expat Kids
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, November 30, 2015

Growing up an expat kid can sometimes be difficult; a blend of cultures, particularly if assignments move from country to country, can alter a sense of belonging and identity. Yet, there are so many fantastic opportunities that come from being an expat kid, especially in bustling centers of economic and social growth such as Hong Kong.

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HSBC Expat Explorer Survey Tool

HSBC Expat Explorer Survey Tool
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 5, 2015

From the 2014 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, HSBC have created the Expat Explorer tool, a source of fantastic information for anyone considering assignment abroad for themselves or for employees.

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Categories: Expatriates, International