Manpower Canada Research Reveals 83 Per cent of Employers Think Governments and Business Are Not Doing Enough to Slow the Outward Migration of Talent

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Manpower Canada released today the results of
its Borderless Workforce survey to determine employer views about the outward
migration of talent. The findings reveal that only 17 per cent of employers in
Canada think government and businesses are doing enough to slow the outward
migration of talent and attract these people back to Canada. The survey
gathered responses from more than 453 employers in Canada and 28,000 globally
in 27 individual countries and territories.
    Nineteen per cent of employers in Canada expressed concern about the
potential negative impact on the labour market from talent leaving the country
to work abroad. The survey also indicated that employers in Canada consider
the United States, China and India as the biggest competitive threats to their
ability to compete economically.
    "In Canada, as in most other countries, the consensus is that businesses
and governments are neither doing enough to slow outward migration, nor to
attract these people back to their home countries after they have left for
jobs or universities abroad," said Nadia Ciani, Director, Human Resources,
Manpower Canada. "While it's true that we need to do more to keep our most
talented workers, we must also consider how we can strengthen our collective
employer 'brand' to attract more talented workers from overseas to fill our
current and future talent shortages."
    Within the Americas, employers in Peru (82 per cent) have the greatest
concerns about the impact on the labour market from talent leaving their
country to work abroad. Least concerned are employers in the United States.
    Within the Americas, concern that governments and businesses are not
doing enough to slow the outward migration of talent and attract these people
back to their home country is most prevalent among employers in Peru
(88 per cent). Least concerned are employers in Costa Rica.
    A parallel Relocating for Work Survey by Manpower Inc. found that
78 per cent of individuals would be willing to relocate for work in the future
and 41 per cent of those would be willing to relocate permanently. Respondents
from the Philippines (96 per cent), Ireland (93 per cent), Brazil
(93 per cent), Portugal (92 per cent), Colombia (92 per cent), Mexico and
Central America (92 per cent) and Peru (90 per cent) were the most likely to
consider relocating for employment opportunities in the future.
    Respondents under 30 years old were more receptive to moving for work. In
terms of gender differences, men were more inclined to move for longer periods
of time (four to six years or longer) while women preferred assignments
varying from one to three years and less than six months. The majority of
migrants (82 per cent) relocate to increase their pay and 74 per cent move for
career enhancement. 47 per cent want the opportunity to learn another language
and this was the strongest reason for women (50 per cent) to relocate for
    "For some workers, there can be many other factors moving them away from
home. Many go for the adventure, to acquire new skills or improve their
language skills, or, if they are moving cross-border, to build valuable new
cultural skills. Still others see such moves as fast paths to accelerate their
careers as young professionals. They can often take on more responsibility and
gain additional experience and business skills more rapidly in a foreign
country than they ever could at home," said Ciani. "Employers experiencing
talent shortages in certain positions should be capitalizing on workers'
willingness to move and forging stronger partnerships with regional
authorities and with educational institutions in places where they identify
potential talent."
    Globally, the most popular destinations that people would want to
relocate for work are the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain. In the
Americas the United States was the preferred destination with Canada ranking
second. China topped the list in Asia Pacific; and those in the EMEA region
preferred the United Kingdom. The largest number of foreign professionals is
coming from China, the United States and India.

    Top 10 Preferred Destinations           Top 10 Source Countries
    for Work for the Americas               for Foreign Talent
    1. United States                        1. China
    2. Canada                               2. United States
    3. Spain                                3. India
    4. Australia                            4. United Kingdom
    5. Argentina                            5. Germany
    6. Brazil                               6. Japan
    7. France                               7. Spain
    8. Italy                                8. France
    9. Mexico                               9. Canada
    10. Portugal                            10. Poland

    The complete results of Manpower's Borderless Workforce survey can be
downloaded at
    Today's survey announcement coincides with the publication of a new
Manpower white paper, "The Borderless Workforce." The white paper explores the
complexities of today's global workforce; how employers and governments are
responding to the fluidity of talent, and the challenges and opportunities
that talent mobility poses for employers and individuals.

    Note to editors

    Manpower Inc. surveyed nearly 28,000 employers across 27 countries and
territories in late January for its Borderless Workforce Survey to determine
employer concerns about the outward migration of talent and the extent to
which they are utilizing foreign talent to fill positions.
    Manpower's Relocating for Work survey was conducted in April 2008 to
gauge people's attitudes and insights about relocating for employment
opportunities, both within and across national borders. The survey gathered
responses from 31,524 people in 38 countries representing 27 individual labour
markets around the world: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil,
Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland,
Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines,
Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Qatar, Taiwan,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. Results for these
markets were consolidated and reported in what we are identifying as "global"
results. Manpower operations in these markets used different methods to invite
participants to the random, voluntary online survey.
    To obtain the full results, click on the following link: Centre.

    About Manpower Canada

    With over 50 offices strategically located across the country, Manpower
Canada's staffing services include administrative, industrial, skilled trades
and contact centre personnel as well as the assignment of contract
professionals in information technology, scientific, finance, engineering,
telecommunications and other professional areas under the Manpower
Professional brand. More information can be found on Manpower Canada's Web
sites: and

    About Manpower Inc.

    Manpower Inc. is a world leader in the employment services industry;
creating and delivering services that enable its clients to win in the
changing world of work. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2008, the
$21 billion company offers employers a range of services for the entire
employment and business cycle including permanent, temporary and contract
recruitment; employee assessment and selection; training; outplacement;
outsourcing and consulting. Manpower's worldwide network of 4,500 offices in
80 countries and territories enables the company to meet the needs of its
400,000 clients per year, including small and medium size enterprises in all
industry sectors, as well as the world's largest multinational corporations.
The focus of Manpower's work is on raising productivity through improved
quality, efficiency and cost-reduction across their total workforce, enabling
clients to concentrate on their core business activities. Manpower Inc.
operates under five brands: Manpower, Manpower Professional, Elan, Jefferson
Wells and Right Management. More information on Manpower Inc. is available at

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