IT IS the news we have all been waiting for – life really is better here in Spain.
Nine out of ten expats say their quality of life has improved since leaving Britain and they now have a better work-life balance.
What’s more, while salaries failed to rise in Britain last year, workers in Spain have reported annual increases of 14 per cent for the past three years.
The Quality of Life report said: “When it comes to living and working overseas the advantages come thick and fast.
“Working hours are far less intensive and expats say they manage to achieve a better work-life balance with much more leisure time.”
“It’s gone completely mad, we had to hire extra staff to cover the increased demand.”
It came after latest figures from the National Statistics Institute revealed that the British resident population in Spain grew by 11,500 in 2009.
Furthermore, official government figures confirmed that Spain registered a 19 per cent rise in the number of homes sold compared to this time last year.
Estate agent Sharon Cossons, from Ideal Country Property in Alhaurin El Grande said: “It’s gone completely mad, we had to hire extra staff to cover the increased demand.”
The survey undertaken by Natwest underlined the reasons why emigration among Britons has reached record highs.
Contrary to reports that the recession is driving Brits home, seven per cent fewer expatriates are planning to return to the UK then two years ago.
On average, pay for managers and professionals who choose to work abroad is up to 23,000 euros higher than compared to Britain.