The most desirable place for European employees to work is…

The most desirable place for European employees to work is…

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.

According to research by ADP, conducted on almost 10,000 adults in July 2016, after Britain’s vote to leave the EU, 74% of European employees said they would consider working abroad.

The most desirable destinations to work in saw Germany (21%), United Kingdom (15%) and France (12%) named as the top three countries. 

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:

  1. Germany
  2. United Kingdom
  3. France
  4. Switzerland
  5. Austria
  6. Belgium
  7. Spain
  8. Norway
  9. Netherlands
  10. Italy
  11. Sweden
  12. North America
  13. Ireland
  14. Denmark
  15. Luxembourg
  16. Finland
  17. Portugal
  18. Russia
  19. Asia Pacific
  20. Iceland

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