Working Overseas in Construction

Working in Construction Abroad

A construction job is a stimulating endeavour, offering respite from the drudgery of the office and the nine-to-five. Did you know that construction also offers some incredible opportunities to work abroad? With the right experience and qualifications, construction work can take you around the world, and offer some exciting benefits to boot. Let’s take a look at some things to consider when working in construction abroad.

Choose the Right Project

Right now, the construction industry is booming across certain countries overseas. Because of this, the demand for experienced construction workers has never been higher. Many countries are also willing to generously compensate foreign workers for their efforts, with plenty of attractive packages up for grabs. Larger projects tend to generate the most funding. For example, in Hong Kong, a 514 million dollar highway bypass is providing hundreds of workers with great wages. Look out for other big projects, including the construction of nuclear power stations and even Formula 1 racing tracks.

Where to Settle?

The perfect overseas construction job is simply a Google search away. Register with reputable construction recruitment agencies in order to receive the best pre-job assistance. If you want to get a job within a specialised construction field, narrow your search. If you’re more concerned about the location, why not focus your search to the country in question and peruse opportunities over there?

Of course, the most direct way of finding a job is on foot. Many prospective workers arrive at their chosen destination and hit the sidewalks, armed with CV. If you choose to go this route, make sure that you have enough money to stay afloat during the job search. Always ensure that you have enough cash to buy a ticket home, should your search not be successful!


Some countries pay more than others for construction work. So, if money is your priority, do some research and find out where pays the most. Right now, the UAE and Singapore are two of the world’s top-paying countries for construction. Australia is also well-known for generously reimbursing its workers.

It also helps to look for countries that have lighter taxation systems. The UAE, Monaco, Andorra and Belize are all well-known for being international “tax havens.” If you aim to work elsewhere, find out what kinds of systems are in place for tax exemption applications.

Look for attractive packages. Some projects look after their workers very well and award them liberally. You could, for instance, be eligible for bonuses, subsidised accommodation – even meals. Other packages may offer paid vacation dates as well as full healthcare cover. Don’t just settle for anything when there are so many benefits at stake!

What are the Disadvantages?

Of course, the grass isn’t always consistently green on the other side. Working abroad comes with plenty of challenges. You will, for starters, have to adjust to considerable changes in climate, food and culture. Working conditions may also differ greatly from what you’re used to. For construction jobs in the UAE, for instance, you’ll be required to work in the scorching desert heat for long hours at a time. Living conditions may also be very different to what you’re used to in the West. And unfortunately, not many construction projects offer extra benefits for accompanying families, like schooling.

With construction booming in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the time is ripe to take the plunge and apply for that adventurous construction job abroad!

We also wrote another article on How to Find a Job Overseas in Construction so make sure you checkout that article as well for some other hints and tips!

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