(MoneyWatch) Even though global economic growth is limping along, businesses are still increasingly sending employees overseas.
According to a recent study by the Cartus Corp., a top provider of relocation services around the globe, 57 percent of multinational companies expect to increase the number of employees they transfer this year. That trend isn't new: Cartus transferred 160,000 people last year -- up 5 percent from the year before.
Technology companies lead the pack in transferring employees globally for both short- and long-term assignments, followed by oil- and gas-producing companies, financial companies and then manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.
Overall, 15 countries stand out as the best places for businesses to send their employees and their families. While the annual list remains relatively constant, countries tend to trade spots within it. China was big last year but dropped slightly in the rankings this year. Britain, on the other hand, has emerged as a more popular destination. And despite its recent economic woes, the top global destination remains unchanged.