Understanding the future of working abroad is the main goal of this year’s study, performed among more than 4 million members of the world’s largest expat community. Expats from all around the globe discussed their working environments and what it’s truly like to work overseas. Additionally, they shared their perspectives on how new work arrangements, such as remote operations, alter their working lives and what they hope to see in the future. The average age of Indian workers overseas is 38 years old, which is nearly four years younger than the 43-year-old average age worldwide. They have a severely unequal gender distribution, with 81% men (compared to 53% overall) and only 19% women (compared to 46% internationally).

In addition to reasons relating to their jobs, an above-average percentage of Indians working overseas (11%) first moved there to attend a school or university, compared to 8% internationally. A far more significant percentage than the global average (47%), 59% of Indians working overseas moved for their job, according to the report. A little over a quarter (23%) obtained a position on their own, their employer sent 16%, and 19% were recruited worldwide. 3% of people relocated abroad to launch their own business, which is still significantly more than the 2% global average.

Moving overseas is even more beneficial for low-skilled individuals from less industrialised and emerging nations like India. In the United States, the pay of a low-skilled Indian worker is likely to increase by a staggering 500 per cent. The next most popular location for low-skilled employees is the United Arab Emirates, where they can earn 300 per cent more than in India. The research states, “The gains are so significant that it would take decades for the typical low-skilled worker in some countries of origin to earn the income they achieve by migrating to a high-income country” at current economic growth rates.

Additionally, they are more likely to work full-time (93%) than the typical person worldwide (82%). Nearly nine out of 10 Indians who work overseas are highly educated, with 35% having a bachelor’s degree (compared to 33% internationally) and 54% having a postgraduate or master’s degree (47% globally). A further 6% of people have a PhD as their highest level of education, which is still a lower percentage than the 8% global average.