Survey Finds Potential for Brain Drain as Many UK Workers Willing To Migrate

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27th June 2011 17:35 - Professional Services

According to a new survey of 1,000 employees in the UK, one in four people are willing to move abroad for a better lifestyle and salary, pointing to a potential brain drain.

A total of 27% of the workers surveyed were willing to migrate, highly-educated staff being those most likely to change their country for a better job.

In addition, the research carried out has revealed that the openness to moving abroad is higher among younger workers - 36% of people between the age of 18 and 29 were willing to make a move. A higher instance of willingness to migrate was also found in people who work for multinational organisations.

The rise in employees who would move abroad for better prospects is largely driven by the desire to escape from the high cost of living and static wages in the UK.

Globally, the proportion of employees willing to move to another country was highest in Mexico, at around 57%, followed by Colombia at 52%, Brazil at 41% and Peru at 38%.

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