Nearly one in three employees would consider leaving the country to work abroad in the next five years in pursuit of better career prospects, according to a new study from currencies.co.uk.
The research shows that 86% of would-be emigrants are drawn by the hope of a better work / life balance while 83% are attracted to the prospect of a higher salary. 49% would consider moving in the pursuit of better job security. 42% fear that losing their job will drive them to pursue opportunities overseas.
Younger workers are most likely to consider moving overseas: 55% of 18-24 year olds and 42% of 25-34% year olds would consider leaving the UK, chiefly for better career prospects.
Australia and New Zealand are by far the most popular destinations, attracting 70% of would-be emigrants with the prospect of better economic conditions, an attractive work / life balance and a better climate. North America was in second place while one in three would consider moving to Asia.