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RANKED: The 10 Worst Countries For Expat Career Women, 2019

Surprisingly, Greece has been named the “worst country for women to work” in an annual Expat Insider Survey, followed closely by Italy. With 77% of female expats in Greece dissatisfied with their jobs and an additional 55% reporting that they were unhappy with their work-life balance.

Italy is the second worst country due to the number of female expats who were unhappy with their career prospects, with 69% of female expats in the country dissatisfied with their jobs and an additional 50% reporting that they were unhappy with their work-life balance.

Serbia, Argentina, Turkey, Myanmar, South Africa, Romania, Kuwait, and Egypt were also included in the top 10 list.

The ranking of the countries in which women are least satisfied with their careers (and where they’re most satisfied) is based on the insights of 8,855 working women living in 168 places that took part in the survey. Expats from 152 nationalities, including the US, UK, Germany, and Russia, took part. “Even though inequalities still exist in several aspects of their lives, undeniably, women’s rights have come a long way,” said Nikols M, Yacht Charter Director at Cosmos Yachting (Yachtcharter Griechenland and Yachtcharter Italien). “Unfortunately, some countries fare very well in terms of job opportunities and an amenable environment for the female workforce, while others fall short,” he added.


Also read Top Countries Where Women Seem To Be Most Satisfied With Their Careers.


Topping the list of best places for women to work abroad is Czech Republic, followed by Bahrain, Taiwan, Norway and Denmark. Neither the United States nor the United Kingdom appeared in either list.  Scroll down to see the 10 worst countries for expat career women.

The 10 Worst Countries For Expat Career Women, 2019:

1) Greece (57th)
Career prospects: 23% satisfied (versus 31% of men)
Work-life balance: 45% satisfied (versus 62% of men)
Job security: 35% satisfied (versus 48% of men)

2) Italy (56th)
Career prospects: 31% satisfied (versus 40% of men)
Work-life balance: 50% satisfied (versus 62% of men)
Job security: 45% satisfied (versus 44% of men)

3) Serbia (55th)
Career prospects: 28% satisfied (versus 53% of women globally)
Work-life balance: 51% satisfied (versus 60% of women globally)
Job security: 38% satisfied (versus 58% of women globally)

4) Argentina (54th)
Career prospects: 43% satisfied (versus 56% of men)
Work-life balance: 51% satisfied (versus 65% of men)
Job security: 45% satisfied (versus 64% of men)

5) Turkey (53rd)
Career prospects: 40% satisfied (versus 48% of men)
Work-life balance: 44% satisfied (versus 47% of men)
Job security: 48% satisfied (versus 49% of men)

6) Myanmar (52nd)
Career prospects: 47% satisfied (versus 61% of men)
Work-life balance: 44% satisfied (versus 65% of men)
Job security: 66% satisfied (versus 65% of men)

7) South Africa (51st)
Career prospects: 40% satisfied (versus 56% of men)
Work-life balance: 58% satisfied (versus 71% of men)
Job security: 51% satisfied (versus 61% of men)

8) Romania (50th)
Career prospects: 46% satisfied (versus 58% of men)
Work-life balance: 49% satisfied (versus 60% of men)
Job security: 67% satisfied (versus 65% of men)

9) Kuwait (49th)
Career prospects: 50% satisfied (versus 37% of men)
Work-life balance: 38% satisfied (versus 27% of men)
Job security: 52% satisfied (versus 40% of men)

10) Egypt (48th)
Career prospects: 43% satisfied (versus 53% of men globally)
Work-life balance: 55% satisfied (versus 60% of men globally)
Job security: 51% satisfied (versus 58% of men globally)


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