Working Construction Abroad

The Best Countries for Working Construction Abroad

Australia is undoubtedly one of the most successful countries in the world for construction. However, if you’ve always dreamed of living and working abroad – and you’re an experienced and qualified tradesperson – there are plenty of exciting opportunities up for grabs. Countries like Singapore, the UAE, Qatar and Canada all boast thriving industries and attractive packages for skilled construction workers. Let’s take a look at each one.


This glittering, cosmopolitan centre has an array of large, top-paying projects on the horizon. It promises to employ thousands of workers in the creation of a futuristic, urban Asian capital. Examples include the Marina Bay Finance Centre, which is set to boast Grade A office space and 649 luxury apartments.

 Singapore also promises to build Asia Square, a twin-tower complex featuring retail space, and an open centre for performance events and exhibitions. If you want to join in on the action, browse the web for jobs that suit your qualifications. Singapore is known for being light on taxes and an easy place to life for first-time travellers.


This is arguably the easiest place to make that first work-abroad transition. English is widely spoken and the cities are enticingly multicultural. First-year workers are also promised lighter tax burdens. The Federal Skilled Worker’s Visa program is a unique strategy to invite overseas workers to partake in Canada’s mini construction boom. Companies are particularly interested in hiring electricians, plumbers, carpenters, welders and heavy machine operators. Expect to earn up to 40 Canadian dollars an hour for your efforts.


This is officially the world’s richest country. If you’ve ever wanted to partake in the wealth of this oil-rich state, why not apply your skills to one of Qatar’s many large construction projects? With the 2022 Soccer World Cup looming, Qatar is determined to show the world what it’s made of. It’s expected to hire over 600 000 workers to prepare for this grand global event – and that’s only for this year, 2013!

Other lucrative Qatari projects are focused on the transport sector, some of which involve the construction of a grand underground metro system. Overseas workers in Qatar love the consistently warm and sunny weather – not to mention the tax-free lifestyle. It’s not all sunshine and dollars, however. Construction workers in Qatar are expected to work hard, with average weekly limits higher than what many are used to. The average work week also lasts from Sunday to Thursday.


Dubai and Abu Dhabi are still two of the world’s top destinations for people on the lookout for opportunity. Dubai, in particular, is celebrated for its easy-going lifestyle and delicious tax breaks. Construction workers here can expect to earn 25% – 35% more than what they would at home. Some large projects offer enticingly generous packages, which include flights, accommodation and relocation expenses. It’s the ideal place for ambition engineers and builders. Simply take a look at images of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, to see how far the UAE’s ambition stretches in terms of construction.

Got the travel bug yet? Hop on the web and get searching for opportunities in these four countries. Always remember, however, to work through a reputable company!

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