27 cities around the world where expats say there are more than enough jobs to go around

Hong Kong, China, took the seventh spot on the list of best places for expats to work.

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Hong Kong, China, took the seventh spot on the list of best places for expats to work.
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  • Data from the Expat Explorer survey reveals the best places for expats to work around the world.
  • Nearly 28,000 expats in 159 countries and territories were surveyed.
  • Below, we’ve listed the top 27 cities for expats to work, and how many people in each city said the job opportunities there were “fantastic.”

If you’re looking to move abroad, you’ll definitely want to consider how easy it will be to get a job in your new home.

And while you could try asking a few friends and family members who have relocated, it’s arguably more efficient to turn to survey data that addresses precisely that concern.

The Expat Explorer Survey, commissioned by HSBC Expat and conducted by YouGov, asked adults currently living away from their home country about the job opportunities in the cities where they live now.

In total, 27,587 expats from 159 countries and territories participated in the online questionnaire. A city had to have 90 expat respondents to be included in the analysis.

The global average for people who said there were fantastic job opportunities in their city was 25%.

Below, we’ve listed the top 27 cities for expats to work in 2018.


27. Geneva, Switzerland

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How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 15%


26. Moscow, Russia

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How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 15%


25. Shanghai, China

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Lam Yik Fei/Getty

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 16%


24. Stockholm, Sweden

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How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 16%


23. Warsaw, Poland

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Flickr/azwegers

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 17%


22. Brussels, Belgium

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Dimitris Kamaras/Flickr

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 17%


21. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 18%


20. Jakarta, Indonesia

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REUTERS/Beawiharta

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 18%


19. Sao Paolo, Brazil

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Rafael Vianna Croffi/Flickr

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 19%


18. Auckland, New Zealand

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itravelNZ/Flickr

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 19%


17. Singapore

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A street in Singapore.
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Jirka Matousek/Flickr

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 19%


16. Doha, Qatar

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Thomson Reuters

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 20%


15. Johannesburg, South Africa

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Evan Bench/Flickr

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 21%


14. Toronto, Canada

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How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 21%


13. Sydney, Australia

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WANG-HSIN PEI/Flickr

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 21%


12. Kuwait City, Kuwait

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How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 21%


11. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 22%


10. Zurich, Switzerland

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How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 23%


9. Manchester, United Kingdom

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How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 23%


8. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Sammy Six/Flickr

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 23%


7. Hong Kong, China

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REUTERS/Bobby Kip

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 24%


6. Los Angeles, United States

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Giuseppe Milo/Flickr

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 26%


5. Birmingham, United Kingdom

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REUTERS/Toby Melville

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 26%


4. Dublin, Ireland

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How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 34%


3. New York, United States

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Lucas Jackson/Reuters

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 40%


2. London, United Kingdom

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Flickr / Matt Cornock

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 49%


1. San Francisco, United States

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Richard Heyes/flickr

How many expats say the city offers fantastic job opportunities: 57%