Expat professionals desperate to leave the UK can’t find suitable jobs

Published:  16 Oct at 6 PM
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Brits desperate to move overseas are being held back by a lack of suitable jobs.

A recent survey result has identified the reason why Britons desperate to move abroad to avoid the after-effects of Brexit cannot find jobs – it’s the fault of international employers. Whether or not this reason is entirely accurate, overseas companies should be urged to consider creating more jobs for expatriate professionals from the UK. Over 50 per cent of Britons searching for a better quality of life overseas are seriously considering a move, with most between 29 and 49 years old and with families.

Finding a suitable new job is clearly a challenge, as one quarter of respondents feel they’re unable to emigrate unless they’ve arranged a new position. According to the survey, improving personal wellbeing was the most important reason for leaving the home country, although just 17 per cent of respondents felt their financial situation would allow such a move as well as improving their finances further.

This group are more sentimental than earlier generations as regards taking everything they own along with them, with just 6 per cent saying they’d only pack essentials. Also, almost all believed support in such as move is essential, as they were afraid they’d not be able to manage it on their own. Recommendations from the expat community would help, as could English language websites and forums, and local social media groups would make things easier for new arrivals.

It seems this age group is keener then those who’ve gone before as regards quality of life but are more cautious as to how to achieve their desires overseas. Most require jobs to go to, help with settling in, financial stability and constant support services throughout the entire experience including help finding accommodation, the location of hospitals and the standards of emergency services.

In spite of Brexit, the familiarity of mainland Europe was a major choice of destination, followed by Australia and the US, both of which have stringent immigration and work permit rules. Worst of all would be a move to the Middle East, and South America was also unpopular.
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