Intelligent CXO Issue 17 | Page 59




Germany is the top country for remote work , according to the Global Remote Work Index by NordLayer . It is followed by Denmark , the US , Spain , Lithuania , Netherlands , Sweden , Estonia , Singapore and France . The report evaluated 66 countries in total .

The Index was compiled by assessing and comparing the countries using four index dimensions . Together , they combine various detailed attributes ( or sub-dimensions ) that help evaluate general remote-work attractiveness :
1 . Cybersecurity – infrastructure , response and legal measures . 1 . Economic and social conditions – safety , tourism attractiveness , English proficiency , cost of living and healthcare .
1 . Digital and physical infrastructure – Internet quality , affordability , e-infrastructure , e-government , physical infrastructure and co-working spaces . 1 . COVID-19 response – vaccination and response rates .
The cybersecurity category is dominated by small EU countries
Countries perform differently in each category . The cybersecurity category is dominated by smaller European countries , such as Slovakia , Lithuania and Estonia and Greece . EU member states took the top 18 places in cybersecurity .
Affordability requires compromising on safety
Canada , the UK , Portugal , the US and Germany , respectively , are the five most favourable countries for remote work regarding economic and social conditions .
However , countries ’ levels of wealth don ' t guarantee cybersafety . Although such countries as Malta , New Zealand and the UAE rank relatively high in economic and social conditions , they experience higher cybersecurity risks than other countries with similar economic and social conditions .
The Index shows that remote workers are willing to find a cheaper location to relocate and will compromise on aspects like general safety or the level of English spoken in the country .
South Korea and Singapore are easy to be in digitally and physically
Internet accessibility and quality are a must for a person to be able to work without worry . Therefore , the digital and physical infrastructure metric was very important when compiling the index . According to this metric , South Korea and Singapore are at the top , followed by the UAE , Denmark and Switzerland .
Remote work – a rising trend everywhere
Remote work has been a subject of discussion for a while now , with some companies announcing full remote work , but other employers deemed remote work ‘ unproductive .’
“ Nevertheless , the trend is clear – ever since the beginning of COVID-19 , remote or hybrid work has become inevitable even in those companies that previously preached the importance of faceto-face interactions ,” said Juta Gurinaviciute , Chief Technology Officer at NordLayer . “ This is why NordLayer carried out this detailed analysis and decided to publish the Global Remote Work
Index . We considered all of the fundamental parameters that countries must meet while researching the best countries to work in remotely by thoroughly evaluating a range of data . The Global Remote Work Index emphasises the safety and reliability of both the physical and digital environment . It also gave special attention to cybersecurity . In this regard , it is an excellent resource for remote employees who wish to relocate or work in a nation other than that of their current residence .” x www . intelligentcxo . com