10 per cent of lawyers born overseas plan to leave UK soon, survey finds
15th March 2017 17:50 - Professional Services
10 per cent of lawyers born overseas plan to leave UK soon, survey finds: According to a recent professional services survey by Lawyer 2B, 10 per cent of foreign-born lawyers, who are currently working in the United Kingdom, are planning to leave the country soon.
The survey questioned more than 400 foreign lawyers in the United Kingdom to reveal that 10.8 per cent were thinking about leaving the UK in the near future. When looking at just EU-born lawyers working in the UK, the proportion increased to 16.5 per cent who were considering leaving. However, those born in Europe were also amongst the most likely to want to reside in the United Kingdom long term, with 45 per cent saying that they want to stay in the United Kingdom for the remainder of their career.
According to the findings, a further 45 per cent of lawyers who were born in North America, but were working in the United Kingdom, also said that they want to stay in the United Kingdom for the remainder of their career.
On the other hand, the respondents who were born in New Zealand were found to be the most likely to want to return to their home country at some point before the end of their career.
Of the respondents in the survey who said that they expect to leave the United Kingdom soon, 69 per cent said that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union had impacted their decision. As well as this, the majority (73 per cent) of lawyers who originally came from Europe said that they now feel less welcome in the United Kingdom post-Brexit.
Those who were born in Australia were found to be least likely to have noticed a change in attitude post-Brexit, with 61 per cent saying that they had noticed no difference either way. However, 37 per cent said that they feel less welcome.
Despite the findings, Europe-born lawyers were found to be the most positive about their time working in Britain, with 93 per cent saying that they time working as a lawyer in the UK had been positive.
On the other hand, New Zealand-born lawyers were found to be the least enthusiastic about their time working in Britain.
In total, 87.6 per cent of the lawyers who were born overseas said that they voted Remain in the referendum, or would have done so if they had been eligible to vote. Just 8.3 per cent said that they would have voted Leave and 2.5 per cent said that they were not sure. 1.6 per cent said that they preferred not to say.
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