Recent research conducted on nearly 10,000 working adults across Europe has shown that the majority would consider career opportunities in other countries. It was found that 74% of respondents would give serious consideration to moving abroad for a new role. The research took place after the UK referendum vote to leave the EU last year.

Which countries are the most appealing?

When asked for their most desirable destination to work in, Germany came out on top. They received 21% of the vote, with the UK in second with 15%. France came in third with 12%. The remainder of the top five was made up of Switzerland and Austria.

What are the likely reasons for the voting?

It is likely that pre-existing perceptions of the most popular countries goes someway to explaining the results. This is due to the fact that skills and development, flexibility and economic stability are all far from booming in the UK, Germany or France currently.

The Brexit decision in the UK is also likely to have been a factor. There are arguably better job opportunities in the UK than Germany at the moment, as well as a more widely spoken language. Therefore, considering Germany was voted as number one suggests this certainly played a part.

UK employees show less interest in working abroad.

Overall, just 26% said they would never consider working in a different country. However, this figure rises to 42% when solely applied to employees in the UK. Only workers in France showed less willingness to work abroad with 46% having that opinion.

In the UK, there were clear differences between men and women, with 33% of men saying they wouldn’t consider working abroad, compared to 50% of women. Predictably, more workers aged 16-24 would consider moving to a different country in comparison to workers over the age of 55.

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