Hongkongers name Singapore as preferred place to work overseas, Singaporeans choose Australia or New Zealand: Ipsos study

Singapore: Where Hongkongers want to work

Singapore: Where Hongkongers want to work

A study of workers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China across a number of sectors, including marketing, has revealed America as the most popular place where people in these territories want to work abroad.

Of those people who say they want to work overseas, North America was the top choice for Chinese respondents in the study by Ipsos for recruitment firm MRIC. It was the second most popular in Singapore and Hong Kong.

But Singapore was the most popular relocation destination for Hongkongers, Shanghai the favourite for Taiwanese and Australia or New Zealand for Singaporeans.

Where people want to relocate to

Where people want to relocate to

Of the four countries in the study, Taiwanese are the most likely to want to relocate, followed by Singaporeans. Hongkongers seem happiest where they are.

MRIC survey

Compared to the same study conducted in 2012, North America is up one spot in the ranking, Singapore is up three spots. Shanghai dropped from number one to number three and Hong Kong from third to fifth.

The Middle East and Africa are the least desirable regions to work, followed by Latin America.

Getting a job promotion is the reason most would move, across all age groups in the survey – from below 30 years old to over 50 – followed by gaining international exposure.

Looking for a “healthier environment” has become the third reason to relocate among respondents based in mainland China, where pollution is often a problem. Improved quality of life is a top factor among respondents in crowded Hong Kong.

Reasons to move

The research, which can be read in full here, was put together from responses from 4,500 mid- to senior managers.


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