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Top Savings Rates For Expats – December

Many expats can benefit from using offshore bank savings accounts. They are useful for working in different currencies and for gathering interest without deduction of taxes.   By Iain Yule See the article ‘British Expats – Do You Need An Offshore Bank Account’.   The best current offering for sterling offshore savers is Standard Bank’s 1.4%, i ...

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Time For British Expats To Buy Property Back Home?

With the pound trading at an historic low against the world’s major currencies, now may be a good time for British expats to consider investing in property back home, according to property investment firm Benoit Properties International. With a significant shortage of supply in the UK property market, prices and rents are rising steadily, say Benoit Properties International. The latest figures fro ...

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Does Moving Abroad Boost Health Of Expats?

Research suggests that most expats believe that, since moving overseas, their physical health (61%) and mental health (64%) are better than they would have been if they had stayed at home. While there is a lot to consider in terms of housing, schooling and work when you head off abroad, the search for a new adventure is a huge draw for expats, with over half saying this was the main reason for dec ...

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Oil Professionals Rate Supermajors As Best

A study of oil and gas workforce perceptions since the start of the global downturn has revealed which operators and service companies are rated highest by oil and gas professionals – based on key issues including values, performance and pay rates. Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP and Halliburton make up the top five in the wide-ranging Ideal Employer Survey 2016, undertaken by Rigzone, which ...

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East African Skills Gaps Opens Energy Market

With over 100,000 locals needing to be trained over the next ten years to support East Africa’s oil and gas, mining and construction ambition, a delegation of ten Scottish oil and gas training providers have been visiting Tanzania and Mozambique to offer their skills and experience to these markets and to capitalise on the significant growth opportunities. East Africa is home to some of the larges ...

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Oman To Raise Expat Visa Fees By Half

Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has announced work visa fees for expats will increase by 50%. Fees for private sector workers will rise from OMR201 ($522) to OMR301 ($782). Times of Oman cited an official as saying the change would become law when it is published in the official Gazette. The official told the publication a fee of OMR5 would also be charged to change a worker’s status or to switch thei ...

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Expats: What’s The Cost Of Learning A New Language?

If you’re thinking of moving abroad post-Brexit, a new tool helps you calculate exactly how long it will take to learn the local language, and how much it will cost. The thought of leaving the UK is certainly appealing to many – it has been widely reported that there have been record numbers of people applying for passports for countries such as Ireland and New Zealand. But if you’re not moving to ...

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Workers Heading For Brexit?

A new jobs infographic shows how European countries compare to one another, based on salary, average hours worked per week, and paid leave. The research, by credit comparison website TotallyMoney.com, is based on the top ten countries in Europe that Britons migrate to. Germany, the economic engine of Europe, ranks as the top country to work in. German workers may not boast the highest average sala ...

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Moving To Qatar – Four Things You Should Know

With international hubs and futuristic architecture to be found in places like Doha, Qatar is an exciting place for expats looking for an intercultural experience. Cigna Global, specialists in expat healthcare, have put together this list of four things you should know before your move to Qatar to help make your transition as smooth as possible. 1. Getting around can be challenging The public tran ...

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New! Understand Insurance Cover For Expats

Expats should make sure they have the correct insurance cover in place – preferably before moving overseas. So, our new Insurance section explores the cover you will need in terms of travel, life, income replacement and death-in-service insurance. Visit our new Insurance section here: International private medical insurance is also a must-have to make sure you can get medical treatment while abroa ...

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