Expat Jobs News

Latest 10 news items tagged Jobs

21 May at 6 PM 2019

Some Spanish towns and villages now have more Brits than locals

It has to be said that not all British expat retirees want the stress of learning Spanish and adjusting to a different culture. Expat retirement for many UK citizens isn’t about a totally new language and lifestyle, it’s simply about a better climate enjoyed amongst other like-minded Brits in a supportive community. As a result, a number of Spanish towns and villages have found themselves becoming Little Britain, a home from home for a sizeable number of expats. Whether or not more conventional expatriates agree with this stance...
13 May at 6 PM 2019

Muscat reserves former top expat jobs for Omani nationals

In a shock announcement on Sunday, Muscat’s government banned expats from a slew of top managerial positions. Minister of Manpower Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri made the decision to ban the recruitment of expatriate professionals for a swathe of top jobs as well as from all clerical and admin positions in the Sultanate. Foreign employees who are at present holding such jobs will be allowed to continue until their contracts expire, but will not be offered new contracts. The new rule will become effective form the day it’s...
10 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Thailand forced to inform government of all job changes

Yet another new law aimed at expats in Thailand came into force at the end of last month. According to an announcement by the Thai Labour Ministry, all migrant workers in the Kingdom, including working expats, must inform the government about their job changes. The new law encompasses not just established expat workers who change jobs, but also those who leave their jobs and those who’ve arrived to take on an existing job. Fines for failing to comply start at 10,000 baht and soars to an unbelievable 200,000 baht – some £4,700 –...
6 May at 6 PM 2019

Expat employers in UAE upbeat about 2019 economy

The current year is expected to give more employment opportunities to expats seeking to land jobs in the UAE. As Dubai corporations become more confident of growth during 2019, the expat professionals most in demand will be from the financial, IT and systems administration sectors, especially those with previous experience in data science analysis, digital and cyber security and project management. Also in demand will be expats seeking admin and support roles. According to a recent report, 89 per cent of the UAE’s chief financial...
30 Apr at 6 PM 2019

UAE Meet the Locals group breaks down cultural barriers

Although the UAE is an all-time expat favourite for career development and high salaries, getting to know local people as friends is an unenviable task. The lack of interaction between expats and Emiratis is based on many aspects, including language, culture and an inability on the part of incomers to understand and appreciate an unfamiliar way of life. The unequal ten to one demographic balance between foreign nationals and local people is another reason, as are the all but segregated housing complexes popular with expats with...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait lawmakers planning on making expats’ lives even more difficult

Kuwaiti lawmakers create more hassle for expats leaving the emirate. As part of a proposed Kuwaiti parliament plan to deal with the emirate’s demographic imbalance and form an executive structure to support Kuwaitization, expats leaving the country must prove their departure or be denied an indemnity. The rule will apply whether the departure is the result of resignation or termination of a contract. Also in the proposal are refusals to grant expat licenses for a number of previously permitted professions as well as adjustments to...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats on reassignment need more community-based perks

As purse strings tighten in a good number of expatriate professional destinations worldwide, questions are being asked about the suitability of various relocation support programmes. As currency exchange rates and soaring inflation hit out at expats’ expenses in many popular destinations, questions are being asked about the need for certain aspects of relocation packages. One good example of the detrimental effects of rising costs of living on expats’ quality of life is Hong Kong, still one of the world’s favourites with...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Drug addiction in expat students on the rise in Kuwait

Expats in Kuwait are being urged to ensure their kids don’t get involved with the emirate’s growing drug culture. For those expatriate families with a breadwinner and spouse in high-salaried positions, the Kuwait lifestyle is far different from that in the home country, involving leaving the kids with nannies, maids, preschools or nurseries whilst parents concentrate on their full-time jobs and the emirate’s busy social life. It seems expat youngsters in the emirate respond to a lack of a loving home environment in a similar...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Drinking during office hours now acceptable in Prague

If lunch isn’t lunch without a few beers or glasses of wine, the Czech Republic is the perfect destination for that new expat job. Although Czech employers have the right to fire employees who’re intoxicated in the workplace without even a written warning, in practice this drastic solution to the problem very rarely happens. The reason is that firing an employee involves finding a suitable replacement, something of a tricky task in these times of record low unemployment figures. It seems a significant shortage of suitable...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expat professional hires in Kuwaiti and gas oil sector drop by 50 per cent

The appointment of expat professionals to crucial positions in Kuwait’s oil and gas sector during the fiscal year 2018/2019 has fallen by 50 per cent. During Kuwait’s 2017/2018 fiscal year, the Kuwait oil and gas sector appointed 345 expatriate professionals as against hirings of 190 during the year 2018-2019, a drop of almost 50 per cent. Even so, the same source of information reasserted the crucial importance of expat professional experience in maintaining operational standards in global companies, adding that, in spite of the...