Written by Thomas Wilkinson
CEO, AXA - Global Healthcare.
New independent research reveals a significant disparity between the salaries of men and women across popular expat destinations
New independent research by AXA – Global Healthcare has found that nearly two-thirds (62%) of men have enjoyed a higher salary since becoming an expat, compared with just half (53%) of women. Of those surveyed, the countries where expats were most likely to say their salary had improved were Hong Kong (85%), the UK (66%) and the UAE (66%). However, within each of these countries, there was a clear gender divide.
The UAE showed the biggest difference, with 90% of men reporting an increase in salary, as opposed to 70% of women. In the UK, 71% of men saw an increase compared to 61% of women. However, there was only a slight difference in Hong Kong, with 67% of men and 66% of women receiving higher salaries.
Even before relocating, it seems that men and women have different expectations as to how their salary might benefit. More than a quarter (27%) of men moved abroad specifically for better pay and benefits, compared with just one-in-five (18%) women. In contrast, more than twice as many women (11%) relocated for their partner’s work than men (5%).