In light of International Women’s Day which is celebrated around the world on March 8th, the team at Interdean have commented on the number of female expats sent on foreign assignments. InterNations reports that a 2005 survey found that 23% of employees assigned to international placements were women, while the number of women set to pursue a career abroad was due to rise. The article indicates that the number of expat women on international assignments has reached between 20% and 25%.
The InterNations article reveals that many women on international assignments find themselves in a “man’s world”, while other women are reluctant to accept certain assignments due to potential issues with safety. Other women don’t accept an assignment due to partners being unwilling to relocate or change their own career path. The article notes that the number of women on international assignments doesn’t include those who work independently abroad, moving straight from university or wanting to improve language skills for example.
As an international removals firm with a wealth of experience helping expats when they’ve moved overseas, the experts at Interdean took an interest in this recent article. A representative offered their thoughts:
“This article highlighting the number of female expats on international assignments is interesting in highlighting the proportion of male and female expats around the world. For women who have moved overseas for their career, meeting others in the same position can be highly valuable. Visiting local communities can help you build up a group of people in a similar position overseas and can help you overcome any struggles you may face. Visiting your local Interdean office can also help you to get your new life overseas off to the best start.”