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Which Asia Pacific city is the best for remote working in 2021? – Human Resources Online


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This article first appeared in ITNews Asia, edited by HRO

Hong Kong ranks 60th in Workmotion study that provides key insights for business leaders about recruiting employees who prefer to work from outside the office and in other locations globally.

A study that ranks the attractiveness of global cities for remote working has picked Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington and Singapore among the top 10 cities globally for remote working this year.

Hong Kong ranked 60th out of 80 countries globally with an overall score of 68.33 behind Singapore (9), Tokyo (13), and Chiang Mai (55). Bali and Bangkok followed in 64th and 68th place respectively.

WorkMotion, a global employment specialist that helps match businesses with remote workers worldwide, said Melbourne scored highly this year in employment compliance factors, citizen happiness and its digital nomad visa.

Digital nomad visas are travel authorisations that legalise the status of workers on the move. Like tourist visas, they are easy to obtain and allows for longer stays.

Sydney shared similar advantages to Melbourne and was picked as third best remote city in the world. Wellington, ranked 4th, has more than 20,000 free WiFi hotspots throughout the city. Singapore, which scored highly in personal safety, made it to 9th position.

Among other Asian cities, Bangkok, a popular spot for tourists, was only ranked 68th. Bangkok fell to 70th on housing access, let down by the difficulty of finding living accommodations in the city.


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Location no longer an issue?

“People are increasingly less restricted by their location and the size of its job pool, and can regard foreign locations as possible work destinations regardless if they speak the local language,” commented WorkMotion co-founder and managing director Carsten Lebtig, on the results.

“Now that the initial shock of the pandemic has subsided, we wanted to capture a snapshot of the current remote working landscape as the first step in tracking how it changes over the coming years. Many remote workers are drawn to cities by the promise of a different lifestyle or climate.”

WorkMotion identified a list of indicators that impact whether a city was a good place for relocation, covering employment compliance regulations, infrastructure, costs and liveability. It then assessed thousands of global cities against a range of factors related to remote working, before selecting the best scoring 80 cities.

“Companies are beginning to look further afield when hiring employees, comfortable with the idea that the best person for the job might be based in a different country,” added Lebtig.

WorkMotion said that technology is ready for remote work, and with the ongoing pandemic, people are now accustomed to working remotely, indicating that the market for offsite workers worldwide will continue to grow.


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