Six out of ten employees in the UK stated they would be willing to work overseas if given the opportunity. That’s 18% higher than the previous 4 years, according to the Global Talent Survey by Totaljobs, making the UK the country with the highest number of interest for people relocating abroad for work. Relocating abroad has multiple attractions, but the statistics demand the question: why are Brits so keen to relocate?
Who Wants to Move
The groups that are most keen to relocate and experience working in a new country are under the age of 30, who have advanced degrees, and have jobs related to IT, technology and research.
Nearly three quarters, or 73%, of those under the age of 30 claimed they would be willing to move abroad should the chance arise; relocating as a young professional does have clear advantages, particularly being able to relocate without moving a family in tow. However, this statistic by no means limits other demographics from relocating, and there is an abundance of success stories of those moving at any age.
The percentage of those willing to move with degrees (72%) and of those with technological careers (67%) highlight the international horizons of these groups, who are more motivated by work. Moving abroad boosts your employability and can offer a new professional scene for those who are more career-driven.
Why Relocate Abroad
Moving abroad opens up a wealth of career opportunities. Working in a foreign country allows you to experience your profession in a completely new culture, improving your skills by having to adapt, and broadening your perspective on your career path. A large volume of expats move to follow a job offer or seek new employment, however the 2018 report actually saw ‘Salary’ move down the list of reasons to relocate from 6th place in 2014 to 8th place.
To replace these career-driven motives, ‘Better standard of living’ jumped from 7th to 5th place of the reasons to move. UK workers are attracted by the lifestyle of foreign countries and the opportunity to experience new cultures. More than ever Brits are being inspired by their bucket-list, not their finances, to relocate and chase the lifestyle they feel they’re missing in the UK.
Where Brits are Relocating
Although in 2014 the US was the most popular destination for UK residents moving abroad, the 2018 report shows Australia as the new favourite. The third most popular location was Canada, making the top three all anglophone countries and suggesting the lack of language barrier has most appeal to Brits. Countries with a foreign language, however, should not feel out of reach and there are plenty of ways to brush up on your language skills before a move.
How to Relocate Now
Realising dreams of moving abroad might seem distant in the current climate of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are many ways in which you can still plan a relocation for the future. While salary dropped as a reason to move between 2014 and 2018, the global increase of remote and online jobs has made it easier than ever to work around the world. In addition, the pandemic has realigned many people’s goals and if you are still longing for escapism following a year of lockdown and self isolation, maybe you should seize your chance to move abroad in the near future.
For any concerns about moving from the UK, speak with your own personal moving assistant on Avvinue, your all-in-one relocation platform that can guide you on your move abroad.