With nearly two in every three job seekers worldwide voicing their willingness to relocate abroad for work, Canada has emerged as the third most popular global destination. That’s according to a new study by management consultancy The Boston Consulting Group and recruitment-website alliance The Network, which found that Canada is bested only by the United States and the United Kingdom in terms of desirable work locations. Forty-two percent of job seekers listed the U.S. as their top destination, while a respective 37 percent and 35 percent listed the U.K. and Canada. Most of the remaining top ten destinations are in European countries with strong economies, well-known cultural attractions or both.
The resulting report: “Decoding Global Talent: 200,000 Survey Responses on Global Mobility and Employment Preferences”, comes from a survey of job seekers in 189 countries, including in-depth interviews with more than 50 survey takers. These included engineers, medical researchers, project managers and government workers.
Survey administrators noted that the proportion of those willing to work abroad was particularly strong in countries with political instability or a developing economy – but that willingness was also strong in some countries lacking those challenges. For example, more than 90 percent of respondents in the Netherlands said they would consider moving abroad for work, while more than 80 percent of Australians surveyed indicated the same willingness.
“It's a world in which the geographic barriers to employment are coming down, including in the minds of some of the most talented and highly educated workers,” BCG senior partners and one of the report’s four coauthors Rainer Strack said in a statement. “This is opening up significant opportunities for individuals and for the many countries and multinational companies that are facing talent shortages of one sort or another.”
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