More Brits seek work abroad

Working Abroad

A global recruitment firm has reported that more and more British citizens are seeking employment in other countries.

IntaPeople, a company that finds jobs for people throughout Europe and as far as the Middle East, says that online searches for foreign placements rose have risen by 16 percent in the third quarter of this year, with around two million more enquiries than quarter two.

This increased desire to leave the UK can be attributed to a number of factors, including the dwindling employment prospects and government cutbacks that are currently plaguing the United Kingdom.

About 2.5 million people are currently unemployed in the UK, with skilled workers and graduates also finding it difficult to find work in today's economic climate.

IntaPeople director Stephen Riley said “Finding work has been a real slog for parts of the population, especially new grads with little or no experience, so it is understandable that growing numbers are considering the opportunities available to them abroad. Skilled workers are being drawn to extremely competitive overseas packages, many of which offer tax-free salaries, relocation costs and first-rate health care. These can prove very tempting to British workers, and even more so if the job is based in a country with a temperate climate.”

Becoming an expat is fast becoming a serious option for UK jobseekers, official figures from The Office for National Statistics show that there are currently five million British citizens living and working abroad.