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

Andrew Milligan Sumo/FlickrHong Kong, China, took the seventh spot on the list of best places for expats to work.
  • 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

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

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


24. Stockholm, Sweden

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


23. Warsaw, Poland

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


22. Brussels, Belgium

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


21. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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


20. Jakarta, Indonesia

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


19. Sao Paolo, Brazil

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


18. Auckland, New Zealand

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


17. Singapore

Jirka Matousek/FlickrA street in Singapore.

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


16. Doha, Qatar

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


15. Johannesburg, South Africa

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


14. Toronto, Canada

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


13. Sydney, Australia

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


12. Kuwait City, Kuwait

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

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


9. Manchester, United Kingdom

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


8. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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


7. Hong Kong, China

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


6. Los Angeles, United States

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


5. Birmingham, United Kingdom

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


4. Dublin, Ireland

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


3. New York, United States

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


2. London, United Kingdom

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


1. San Francisco, United States

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

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