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64% would consider emigrating to improve their career, Randstad finds

Developing your career seems to be an important factor in people’s lives as 64% of the global respondents would consider emigrating to improve their career along with their work-life balance, according to the latest Randstad Workmonitor. 59% are willing to emigrate for a substantially higher salary and 54% in order to have a meaningful career. On the other hand, 54% say they’d rather switch careers than emigrate. 

People from India are most willing to emigrate (for all purposes more than 90% say so), whereas the Dutch are less inclined to leave their country of birth (on average 37%). A substantially higher income (91%) is a reason to emigrate for the respondents from India whereas this factor doesn’t seem to be a motivation for the Japanese (35%). Also, the search for a meaningful career (92%) could cause people from India to emigrate, which is much less the case for the Austrians (30%).

The question ‘If I had to work abroad, I’d prefer to work in…’ resulted in the following top 3 preferred countries to work in globally: 1) the United States of America, 2) Germany and 3) Australia. From the results, it can be concluded that most respondents would prefer to either stay close to their home region or live in a country where people speak their native language. Respondents from Japan, however, seem to prefer English-speaking countries: 1) the US, 2) the UK and 3) Australia. 

It is not required to work within walking or cycling distance from their homes for people in the Netherlands (48%) or Denmark (50%), but people in Turkey (84%) and in Hong Kong SAR (82%) consider this a priority. An interesting job is considered worth the effort, however, as globally 69% are willing to travel for this attribute. In China, the willingness to travel is the highest (92%) and in Denmark the lowest (49%). When asked, globally 58% want to travel internationally for their work. People from India want to do so the most (91%), whereas the Dutch don’t seem to feel that need (31%). 

Looking at it from the domestic side, 72% think it’s good that their employer hires foreign workers if the domestic workforce cannot provide the required skills and/or knowledge, and even 64% think it’s good that their employer attracts people from abroad to cover labour shortages. This has a positive spin-off as 79% of the global respondents like working with people from other cultures. This is most positively perceived in India and Mexico (95% and 94% respectively) and least in Japan and the Czech Republic (44% and 47% respectively).

The number of employees worldwide that expect to work for a different employer in the coming six months was trending upward in the second quarter and has now increased again, bringing the overall Mobility Index to 114. Mobility increased the most in Italy and the US (+7), Greece and China (+6), Australia (+5) and in Spain, Austria, France and Brazil (all +4). Mobility decreased in Switzerland and Argentina (-4) and in Germany (-2). There’s no shift in mobility in Canada and Sweden.

Actual job changes increased in Australia, China, Czech Republic, Turkey and the UK compared to last quarter. No countries saw a decrease in actual job changes. Job change in India was 61% and in Luxembourg 10%.

Job change appetite – the desire to change jobs – increased in Canada, Luxembourg and the Netherlands compared to last quarter. In Argentina, Belgium and Spain, the job change appetite decreased. In India it is the highest (54%) and in Turkey the lowest (16%).

Compared to the previous quarter, job satisfaction increased in in Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Romania and the UK. Job satisfaction decreased in Canada, Luxembourg and the Netherlands compared to last quarter. In India and Japan, job satisfaction remained at 86% and 42% respectively. 

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