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Overseas Health Insurance News: Flexible working common among expats

Many British expatriates have moved away from the traditional nine to five working day at the same time as moving away from their homeland, a new study has found.

As many as seven in every ten expats from Britain enjoy flexible working arrangements, whether it is through remote working or using flexi time agreements, according to research from Natwest International Personal Banking.

Some 85 per cent of those who have relocated to Australia benefit from these approaches; 79 per cent in New Zealand; 78 per cent in the USA; and 76 per cent in Canada, reports the Telegraph.

The proportion of expats working non-traditional schedules is lower in other countries, but still accounts for 53 per cent in China; 48 per cent in the United Arab Emirates (UAE); and 47 per cent in Singapore.

Dave Isley, head of NatWest International Personal Banking, told the news provider: “It is clear that technology has transformed the working lives of British expats.

“It has made juggling different roles and responsibilities much more feasible as individuals who before had to balance being at the office all day with doing school runs, parents/teacher evenings and sports days can now fulfil both their professional and personal responsibilities simultaneously.”

He went on to highlight the importance of a healthy work-life balance and recognised the fact that it can be a deciding factor when peopleare thinking of moving abroad.

For many Brits, becoming an expat is about improving their quality of life and showing that flexibility is achievable could entice more people into relocating to another country with their families.

Mr Isley also emphasised the motivation for the firms involved: “The companies that can provide the tools and culture to enable individuals to make time for personal commitments during the working day, will reap the rewards when it comes to attracting and retaining the best employees.”

A total of 1,800 expats were interviewed in April and May this year to compile the data for the study.

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