The pandemic may be over, but remote working is a trend that is expected to continue as millennials and Gen Z continue to work while visiting their favorite destinations.
This is according to WorkMotion, a Berlin-based human resources platform, which analyzed 85 cities around the world to see how easy and attractive they were for remote workers.
The report refers to “workcation” as a short-term residence – approximately 12 months or less – in a country while working remotely for an existing employer.
The cities have been classified according to the following categories:
- Type of visa required
- Remote Work Infrastructure
- Visitor experience
- Access to health care
- Access to housing
- Income tax rate
- Affordability of food and housing
“When identifying possible destinations for (work vacations), remote workers should consider a series of factors ranging from the most practical to the most desirable,” said Carsten Lebtig, co-founder and chief executive of WorkMotion.
“Few cities can offer them all, but it is undeniable that cities that legislate to attract remote workers become much more attractive than those that do not,” he said, noting that only a handful of Cities in the study offered remote workers a digital nomad. visa that would allow them to continue working in the country they moved to.
Only 17 of 85 cities offer a digital nomad visa for remote workers.
Only one city on the list had an overall score of 100, while the other top nine countries had scores ranging from 90.3 to 99.9, according to the report.
The top 10
- Barcelona, Spain
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Madrid, Spain
- Melbourne, Australia
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Sydney, Australia
- Gran Canaria, Spain
- Reykjavik, Iceland
Barcelona achieved a perfect score in the study, with housing affordability, food affordability and visitor experience ranking higher than other factors surveyed.
The glitzy desert city of Dubai is the only one out of 85 to offer a zero income tax rate. It also scored over 95 in safety and security, as well as mobility.
Prague came third and scored highly in terms of safety and security, access to housing and housing affordability.
“Many remote workers are lured to cities by the promise of a different lifestyle or climate. Leaders in Barcelona, Dubai and Prague can be proud to say they got it right and their cities are the best destinations for a (work) as well as for living, playing and working,” Lebtig said.
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