Canada jumps to second spot among countries global employees would consider moving to

TORONTO, June 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada has jumped to second spot among global destinations for employees who are considering moving abroad for employment purposes finds a new poll conducted by global research company Ipsos Global Public Affairs on behalf of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC).

Global employees selected Canada as the second most desirable country to move to, up from fourth spot when the survey was last conducted in 2012. The United States of America remained in top spot at 30 per cent of employees polled, down four points since 2012. In the poll, 22 per cent of employees selected Canada as the second most desirable nation, up two points since 2012. The United Kingdom ranked third at 19 per cent, down three points since 2012; Australia occupies fourth spot at 19 per cent, down one point since 2012.

The survey also uncovered a growing reluctance on the part of employees to consider moving for work. Almost two in ten (18%) of employees in 20 countries say they would be 'very likely' to temporarily relocate for up to 2 years and take a full-time job in another country with a 10 per cent pay increase, down seven points from 2012 (25%). Furthermore, four in ten (40%) of global employees agree that there is nothing their employer can do to convince them to take an international assignment, an increase of five points versus 2012.

According to CERC President and CEO Stephen Cryne, "It is increasingly more challenging and complex for companies to motivate employees to move for work. Balancing the needs of today's modern family, which is very likely comprised of dual income professionals, children and aging parents, are at times insurmountable."

In Canada, 19 per cent of employees, a similar proportion compared to findings from the 2012 survey are 'very likely' to relocate. Four in ten (39%) say they are 'not at all likely' to relocate – significantly more than in 2012 when only one quarter (26%) said they would be 'not at all likely' to relocate.

The survey also found that the majority of global employees are most likely to agree that they would only move to a country that is friendly to immigrants. Continues Cryne, "The rise in protectionism and opposition to global trade and immigration in some regions are very likely influencing the thinking of employees about moving for employment."

The 2017 CERC Global Mobility Survey marks the third edition of the ground-breaking survey first conducted in 2011. The 2017 survey, conducted in partnership with Ipsos Global Public Affairs, reports on the attitudes of 10,091 working women and men in 20 countries towards international relocation for employment purposes. The Ipsos Global @dvisor poll was conducted between February 17th, 2017 and March 3rd, 2017.

The global poll was sponsored by BDO Global, the Council for Global Immigration, Crown World Mobility, Dwellworks LLC, EuRA, Randstad Holding NV, TheMIGroup, and Weichert Workforce Mobility.

The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the mobility and deployment of human capital, which are vitally important to Canada's future prosperity. Established in 1982, CERC represents the interests of its members on workforce mobility matters. Many of CERC's members are listed in Canada's Financial Post Top 500.

Ipsos ranks third in the global research industry. With a strong presence in 87 countries, Ipsos employs more than 16,000 people and has the ability to conduct research programs in more than 100 countries.

Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is controlled and managed by research professionals. They have built a solid Group around a multi-specialist positioning – Media and advertising research; Marketing research; Client and employee relationship management; Opinion & social research; Mobile, Online, Offline data collection and delivery.

Ipsos is listed on Eurolist – NYSE – Euronext.  The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD).
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SOURCE Canadian Employee Relocation Council

For further information: To arrange an interview with Stephen Cryne, please contact Catherine O'Neill at 416 593 9812, or via email


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