14th September 2018
Contractors really are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing cities to work in which offer an array of great opportunities. However, it might be easier to narrow it down now that The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has published its Global Liveability Index 2018, which outlines the international destinations with the best living conditions.
Top 5 cities for freelancers
According to the report, the five most liveable cities in the world are:
Regular readers of the 6CATs blog will know that we’ve previously spoken about the many reasons why Austria is a great destination for contractors. Its capital sits at the top of the EIU index, achieving near perfect scores for stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Thanks to significant funding initiatives in the ICT sector, there are particular opportunities for contingent professionals with relevant experience in this field. In addition, increased investment in cryptocurrency means that these experts, as well as the financial services professionals needed to regulate this area, are in particular demand.
Australia’s second largest city held the Index’s top spot for the last seven years, and for good reason. Its beautiful scenery and wildlife appeals to nature lovers, and it also has vibrant sporting, cultural and music scenes. With the Government pushing to attract more high-value technology businesses, freelancers in the sector will certainly find ample opportunities to use their skills.
This Japanese destination is often nicknamed ‘The Country’s Kitchen’ because of its reputation as a paradise for diners. As a port city, it has long been a key commercial centre and is home to countless shopping districts. Contractors with fluent English will find their language skills in demand by the many international companies in the locality, with particular opportunities for professionals in electronics, trade and manufacturing.
With oil reserves second only to Saudi Arabia, Calgary is one of Canada’s wealthiest cities. Set against the astonishing backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, the destination is popular with businesses due to its low tax rates. There’s good news for contractors, too: an economic growth rate of 7% in 2017 has led to optimistic company owners, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors, increasing their headcount.
The second Australian city to appear in the top five, Sydney’s landmarks such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanical Gardens are renowned world-wide. A new commercial development in Liverpool, in the South West of the city, will create more than 22,000 jobs. This will no doubt see an increase in opportunities for contractors with expertise in infrastructure and construction.
Know the legalities
These are just five of the cities offering fantastic opportunities to contractors who are looking for a change of scenery. However, as international laws and regulations vary so much across borders, we strongly recommend that professionals seek compliance advice from a specialist international contractor management company. Contact the team today.