Britons most likely to move abroad for a better life

2004

British workers are the most likely in Europe to consider working abroad in search of a better quality of life, a new poll suggests.

Thirty-six per cent of almost 700 Brits who took part in a Europe-wide survey by jobs website Monster said that a better quality of life would be the prime reason they would consider working abroad.

In contrast, moving to find a better quality of life was something considered only just over a quarter (27 per cent) of other Europeans.

One in three Britons (29 per cent) said that learning a new language would be the biggest motivator to work elsewhere, a figure mirrored by other Europeans (28 per cent).

More than a fifth (22 per cent) of both Britons and others said that a move would be a good career opportunity.

Fewer than one in ten Britons (nine per cent) said that more money would be the major motivation for them working abroad, slightly lower than the European figure of 12 per cent.

But a mere four per cent liked the UK so much that they said they would not consider working anywhere else, a figure considerably lower than other Europeans, 11 per cent of whom said that working abroad is not an option.