UK businesses can breathe a sigh of relief, as the UK has been voted second on the list of countries where European employees would most like to work.
However, the destinations’ allure is questionable, as they were not rated highly in areas such as skills and development, flexible working options and stress in the workplace.
In fact, according to the research, employees could have a more balanced life and interesting opportunities in countries not ranked at the top, indicating that familiarity fared more important to those surveyed.
Although three-quarters of European employees are inclined to work abroad, 42% of UK employees say they would never consider it, coming second only to French employees (46%).
There was also a clear gender difference in the UK, with 33% of men and 50% of women saying they would not consider working abroad. Younger workers were more likely to choose to work abroad, with 87% of 16- to 24-year-olds interested in pursuing career opportunities abroad, compared to 56% of over 55s.
Perhaps uninspired by their jobs climate, employees from Northern Ireland are the most likely to seek international work (91%); Adzuna’s UK jobs market report revealed that, in August, Northern Ireland had the highest ratio of jobseekers to available vacancies, as well as the lowest average salary.
Following Northern Irish folk, 77% of Londoners were positively interested in working overseas whilst over half (55%) of those from the North East aren’t interested in it at all.
Jeff Phipps, Managing Director at ADP UK, comments on the research: “It is evident that Europeans have an appetite for international work. With the war for talent and broadening skills gaps being key challenges across the continent, it is essential businesses and governments work to ensure a more international workforce can be accommodated and its benefits understood and appreciated by the endemic population.
“Encouraging cross-border movement of talent, whilst employing people from diverse backgrounds, is crucial for ensuring global competitiveness by accessing critical skills. Integrating that diversity into the workforce is important and can, if done well, form an additional means of stimulating engagement.”
The ranking can be seen below:
- United Kingdom
- North America
- Asia Pacific