Think Global Recruitment, a specialist in international financial recruitment, said lifestyle is the key reason must accountants decide to relocate overseas.

According to the recruiter's annual survey of more than 100 accountants living abroad, 40 percent named lifestyle as their main reason for relocating. Other motivational factors included work experience, weather, developing language skills and money.

Think Global Recruitment's managing director, Abigail Stevens, said lifestyle rated higher than financial benefits.

"'Lifestyle' encompasses an array of aspects, ranging from quality of life and culture, to outdoor activities and social life," Abigail said, in a statement. "Interestingly, our survey found that although 79 percent of accountants were financially better off after relocating abroad, lifestyle rated as a significantly higher motivator for living and working overseas than financial rewards.

She noted only 7 percent of respondents selected money as the factor that prompted their decision to relocate overseas. The survey also found 91 percent of accountants believed working overseas would help their long-term career development, largely because international experience demonstrated they were adaptable to change.

Survey results indicated the most difficult aspect of living and working overseas is missing family and friends.

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