Working abroad is “the new norm” for young people – says survey

 

* AND THE DUTCH AND FRENCH ARE MORE ADVENTUROUS! * 

According to a recent survey of people from 189 countries, 64% of workers would move abroad for a job. That’s nearly two out of three people!

The survey questioned 200,000 people of all ages from around the world, and found that a “willingness to go to another country for work” was especially high among young people – even higher than the average of 64%. 

THE MORE (AND LESS) ADVENTUROUS...

Perhaps not surprisingly, Eastern European counties like Romania are among the most adventurous in Europe – with 81% of Romanians saying they would work aboard.

While people from Germany and the UK are less likely to travel – with only 44% saying they’d be willing to make a move.

Interestingly, in the Netherlands, where youth unemployment is only 9.8%, the appetite for moving overseas is huge – with 94% saying they’d be willing to move! And the French are just as bold too – 94% also say they’d cross borders for the sake of a job. 

Amazingly, Greeks aren’t very confident about moving; less than 50% say they would do so. This is despite unemployment in Greece being at 26% and youth unemployment at 49%.

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BEST JOBS FOR MOVING

According to the survey findings – which you’ll find in the report Decoding Global Talent – those working in engineering and technical jobs like information technology (IT) and telecommunications are most likely to move abroad.

“Roughly 70% of engineers say they would be willing to move” says the report, and “the world is hungry for what these workers have to offer”.

Meanwhile, only 50% of medical and social workers say they’d be willing to make the leap aboard. Why? Possibly due to their “highly regulated” fields of work.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS 

Top of the list of popular destinations to move to is, you guessed it, the US! In second place is the UK, with Germany in fourth, Switzerland in fifth, Spain in eighth, Italy in ninth and Sweden in 10th place.

When it comes to cities however, the UK beats the US with London being the number one choice for migrants and New York being the second choice. Third most popular is Paris, with Madrid in fifth, Berlin in sixth, Barcelona in seventh and Rome in 10th place.

And despite Sweden being the 10th most popular country to move to, its capital city, Stockholm, comes only 19th on the list.

The report was produced by The Boston Consultancy Group and The Network, you can find out more about these companies here and here.

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