In this Blog´s week we refer a research of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Melbourne University’s Centre for Ethical Leadership focusing into the opportunities for female expats, pointing out that few senior executives achieved success without spending some time working overseas.
The research found that male expats were much more likely to have “trailing spouses” when they went abroad, than women. Once in a foreign country, only half of wives worked full-time, compared to 79 per cent of husbands.
But the Australian Financial Review said the study found that, for women, “the barriers to expat life are almost overwhelming”.
The study found that too few companies made a serious effort to find work for a spouse when an employee was sent abroad, although some offered small financial payments to help compensate for career losses.
This article point out five-point plan to make it easier for women to become expats:
- Help spouses find ways to advance their own careers while out of Australia.
- Have a formal process of identifying suitable women for overseas postings.
- Offer overseas postings earlier in a candidate’s career – preferably while they are still in their 20s when children (if there are any) are younger and easier to move.
- Publicise and promote female expats to provide role models for other women.
- Ensure a smooth repatriation.
Source: Relocate Global
Date: 7th april, 2015