One in three young people under 35 have considered leaving the UK to improve their career prospects, according to new research from the Post Office.
A further 27 % are open to the idea of moving abroad. 19% have already lived or worked abroad before.
The chance of an improved quality of living is the top reason for wanting to escape the gloomy job and housing market. The prospect of a higher salary and more career opportunities are also among the top incentives for young professionals considering the move.
On average they would look to stay away for at least five years. 12% believe they could ride out the effects of the current economic climate by working overseas. 23% feel that moving overseas would be a way for them to combine their desire to go travelling with working and getting paid. 19% feel that a move abroad would create more opportunities for promotion.