If you’ve been working abroad for a while or are starting a new assignment in the UK, there are some important points to be aware of. Knowing what to expect when you arrive in a new country helps you settle in much faster. If you’ve been away for a while, you may be surprised by how much a location has changed!

The Biggest Change

The big news is that the UK left the European Union on 31 January 2021. Depending upon your situation, you may need to apply for visa in order to work in the UK. Please ask us for details.

5 Key Features of UK Living

If you’re arriving in the UK – even as a returning assignee – there are some key aspects that you’ll experience:

1.     High cost of living

2.     Good public transport service – which is convenient as many urban areas are congested

3.     High standard of healthcare (many services are free)

4.     Good schooling options

5.     A cold and rainy climate

Expats’ View of the UK

The HSBC Expat Explorer survey of 2020 compares 40 countries according to expats’ experiences. The UK is ranked 28 – a drop of one place compared with the 2019 results. It is particularly strong in the ‘aspiring’ category which is great news for those relocating/returning to the UK as part of their career progression. Our of 40 countries, the UK is placed:

·       Career progression – 3rd

·       Income – 11th

·       Reaching potential – 16th

·       Disposable income – 19th

Fulfillment (2nd), Community (16th) and Cultural Values (13th) also feature strongly, ensuring the UK is ideal for motivated expats.

“We help people to relocate all over the world, especially to and from the UK,” explains Sarah Huntridge, Global Move Specialist at BTR International. “Many of our team are based in the UK, so we have first-hand understanding of the legal requirements, cultural aspects and lifestyle characteristics. This means we can help you find a home and settle into your new location as quickly as possible.”

 Are you considering relocating to the UK?

Do you manage international assignments in UK for your organisation?

Maybe you are returning to the UK after working abroad?

Talk to the friendly experts at BTR International. Let’s have an initial, no-cost discussion. We’re happy to review competitor quotes, matching them where possible whilst retaining our renowned attention to detail and excellent customer service.

Contact us by email or call Sarah on +44 (0)7495 021 103 without obligation.

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