Looking for construction jobs abroad is both frightening and exhilarating at the same time. Not only do you need to check you have the right qualifications for the job you are applying for but you also need to make sure you have the right language skills and at least some knowledge of the country you are moving to. In addition, the logistics of moving abroad need to be thought about as well.
What to consider when looking at international construction jobs?
You probably won’t know many people where you are hoping to work so tell as many friends and family about your intentions as possible. In all likelihood, someone will know someone already out there who can tell you a bit about construction jobs or jobs in general. Networking is key, not only in finding out about your chosen destination but also in finding the job you want.
Once you have found your ideal construction job you need to think about the implications if you get it. You may have to apply for visas and get medical vaccinations and you will need to consider the logistics of moving your entire family with you or leaving them behind in the UK. There is often a high turnover of expat construction workers because they are ill-prepared for the realities of working abroad and decide to return home. That’s not to say you can’t make it work but you do need to be prepared.
If you are planning to go to a country where another language is spoken you will hugely increase your chances of landing a job by learning the language. You are far more likely to land that job as a construction supervisor in Germany if you have a sound understanding of the German language.
You may decide a construction job abroad is better because of the allure of tax-free salaries. Be aware though that just a handful of countries offer such advantages and usually local tax laws still apply.
The Middle East is a construction hotspot with lots of high profile developments and Nigeria is fast emerging as a country with plenty of building work on offer. The USA is still a huge market despite tougher economic times. However, the working conditions may not be the same as you would find in the UK. From torrential rain to scorching sun, it can take a bit of getting used to. Accommodation may be included as part of your remuneration but may not be what you expect and make sure you consider full health insurance before you go.
Working in construction abroad offers not only a rewarding career path and the chance to work on some truly amazing projects but also the opportunity to see exotic locations around the world and enjoy different cultures. But for it to be successful you need to plan it well.
Do your research, check out the salary ranges for the country it is in, the culture, the laws, the tax laws and the working conditions. If you can, make an effort to learn the language to increase your chances of landing the job and look at the implications of moving out there on you and your family. All these things need to be considered but if you’re determined to do it and you do your homework right it can be a life-changing experience.