More Global Employees Ready to Move Abroad For Work Annual Survey Shows

TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - One quarter (25%) of employees in 24 countries—up six points from 19% last  year—say they would be 'very likely' to take a full-time job in another country for two to three years with a 10% pay increase,  a new poll conducted by global research company Ipsos on behalf of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC).

The poll of 12,827 employees in 24 countries is the second fielding of the employee relocation survey first conducted in August 2011.

According to CERC president and CEO Stephen Cryne, "This study provides employers with valuable strategic intelligence about labour supply in today's globally competitive market for key talent. Employers now have more tools to help them to determine who to recruit, where to recruit, and what supports are needed to get the right people in the right place at the right time.  We look forward to working with Ipsos in gathering further insights about global mobility."

But while one quarter of current employees are ready to make the move, almost half (45%) strongly agree that they could be convinced to take an international assignment 'if the incentive package from my employer was right' or 'if my employer provides support for my spouse to get a job there, too' (41%). Alternatively, one third (35%) of employees agree 'there is nothing my employer could do to convince me to take an international assignment.'

In Canada, two in ten (18%--up eight points from last year at 10%) are 'very likely', three in ten (28%) are 'somewhat likely,' one quarter (27%) are 'not very likely' and two in ten (26%) say they are 'not at all likely' to accept an international move.

Four in ten (42%) global employees 'strongly agree' 'the country that the foreign assignment would send me to is a major factor in my decision to relocate or not'. For the first time in the annual survey cycle, employees were asked to choose their top countries of possible relocation:  the United States (34%), the United Kingdom (22%), Australia (20%), Canada (20%), Switzerland (16%) and Germany (15%).

Appetite for International Experience
Employees in 24 countries were asked to consider the opportunity of a full-time job available in another country at least three to five hours away by plane for anywhere between two or three years with a minimum 10% increase in pay.

One quarter (25%) of those surveyed indicate they are 'very likely' to consider moving to this new job, six points more than in August 2011. This year, three in ten (32%) are 'somewhat likely,' one quarter (24%) are 'not very likely' and two in ten (19%) say they are 'not at all likely.'

Employees identified their industry/sector in this iteration of the survey allowing for some new level of analysis on these potentially mobile employees. The data show that those working in the fields of telecommunications and information technology (28%) and construction (28%) are most inclined to say they are 'very likely' to consider the move, followed by those working in the commercial/retail (25%), education (23%) and medical (23%) sectors.

According to Cryne, "CERC research has consistently shown that family and spousal issues are the reasons most often cited by employees when turning down an opportunity to relocate for work."

The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) is Canada's business authority on talent mobility. As a non-profit organization of employers, CERC represents the interests of leading organizations across Canada that relocate their employees for employment purposes both domestically and internationally.

The global poll is sponsored by BDO, TheMIGroup, HSBC Bank Canada, Atlas Canada, Brookfield Global Relocation Services, Crown World Mobility, ERCO Worldwide, NEI Global Relocation and Weichert Relocation Resources Inc.

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Global @dvisor poll conducted in 24 countries between August 7 and August 21, 2012.  Further details will be featured during the CERC Annual convention taking place in Ottawa, October 21 - 23, 2012.

For more details about the study and methodology please visit www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/ or www.cerc.ca

SOURCE: Canadian Employee Relocation Council

For further information:

Catherine O'Neill
Manager Marketing & Membership Services
Canadian Employee Relocation Council
416.593.9812
coneill@cerc.ca 

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