A new survey by Aviva suggests increasing numbers of British workers are considering a career-related move abroad
British workers are more tempted than ever to leave the UK in favour of career opportunities abroad, according to a new survey of 1000 consumers aged 18-45 by insurance giant Aviva
Over half of respondents (54 percent) were considering a move overseas to find work due to the ‘culture of austerity’ prevalent throughout the UK, with 89 percent of respondents agreeing the last three years had seen a decline in the UK job market.
Almost half (46 percent) of respondents are considering a permanent move overseas, up from 39 percent in 2010. A further one in five (21 percent) are wary of a permanent move and would look to go for between one and three years.
When questioned on their concerns about moving abroad, 25 percent were most worried about their employee benefits, whilst 37 percent said would not be able to take advantage of as many state funded privileges. Over a third say the NHS
would be one of the things they miss the most.
The top five countries for relocation remained the same as in 2010:
- New Zealand
Teresa Rogers, business lead for international PMI at Aviva, commented on the findings:
"When times are tough, it might seem natural to set one's sights on moving abroad. But our survey shows that there are certainly pros and cons to moving and people need to plan carefully if they are considering making their dream a reality. Health is clearly a primary concern for people and whether you're thinking of moving abroad for a short time or on a more permanent basis you need to take care to ensure you and your family are always properly protected.”