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Two in Ten (19%) Global Employees ‘Very Likely’ to Take Full-time Job Abroad for 2-3 Years, 10% Pay Raise

Employees in Mexico (34%), Brazil (32%), Russia (31%), Turkey (31%) and India (28%) Most Likely to Relocate

Top Incentives: Option to Return in Two Years, 10% Pay Increase, Plane Tickets to Visit Home and Language Training

Two in ten (19%) employees in 24 countries would be ‘very likely’ to take a full-time job in another country for two to three years with a 10% pay increase, finds a new poll conducted by global research company Ipsos on behalf of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council. Those most likely to say they would relocate internationally were from Mexico (34%), Brazil (32%), Russia (31%), Turkey (31%) and India (28%).

Global employees report they would be most motivated to move abroad for the new job offer by the following incentives: a guaranteed option to return to their current role after two years, (35% say this would make them ‘much more likely to take the job’), 10% pay increase (31%), round trip tickets to visit home (30%) and paid language training if necessary (29%).

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.

Two in ten (19%) report they are ‘very likely’ to consider moving to this new job. Three in ten (30%) are ‘somewhat likely,’ one quarter (25%) are ‘not very likely’ and another quarter (26%) say they are ‘not at all likely.’ Employees in Mexico appear most motivated by this opportunity, as one third of their employee population (34%) reports being ‘very likely’ to move abroad, followed by Brazil (32%), Russia (31%), Turkey (31%), India (28%) and Saudi Arabia (27%). On a global basis, those most likely to be ‘very likely’ to take the job opportunity are: low income (32%), low education (31%), under the age of 35 (30%), a senior executive/decision maker at their work (29%) and men (29%).

When asked to indicate their top reasons for why they would relocate, four in ten (38%) say they would do so because of the better pay. Other reasons employees give for their interest in moving abroad include: better living conditions (28%), that it is a good career move to get international experience (27%), a new adventure (15%) and time for a change/fresh start (15%).

The top reason why global employees would not relocate is that 10% is not enough money/compensation for such a move (36%). Three in ten (30%) say they don’t want to leave their friends and family behind (30%), two in ten (18%) say their partner has a job preventing a transfer, 15% say it would be too far/remote to take the other position while 13% say it is too late in their career and another 13% say they don’t want to uproot children from schools and friends.

Incentives to Move Abroad

There are some incentives that employers could offer workers to encourage a move to that new international job. One third (35%) of employees in 24 countries report that a guarantee to be able to move back to their current role after two years with further relocation assistance would make them ‘much more likely to take the job.’ Three in ten (31%) say the 10% pay raise would motivate them this way, while another three in ten (30%) say that would be much more likely to relocate if they and their immediate family members would each get one round trip airfare per person to travel back home or have two round trip tickets. For 29% of global employees, paid language training (if necessary) would make them much more likely to relocate while 28% would be similarly motivated by being provided with education courses to upgrade their skills.

Three in Ten (27%) Would Make the Local Move

Employees were also asked to consider a similar relocation opportunity to another city: If they had a full-time job opportunity in the near future that would mean relocating to another city in their country, for a minimum of two years with at least a 10% pay raise and all moving expenses covered, 27% report they would be ‘very likely’ to take the job. Four in ten (37%) report they would be ‘somewhat likely’ while one quarter (23%) would be ‘not very likely’ and 13% would be ‘not at all likely.’

Those most likely to relocate to a new city are from Mexico (44% ‘very likely’), Brazil (42%), Italy (40%), Argentina (35%), Poland (33%) and Spain (33%).

Globally, those with low income (32%), low education (31%), under 35 (30%), not married (30%), men (29%) and a senior executive or decision maker at their work (29%) appear most likely to relocate to a new city.

‘Very likely’ to move abroad
Global aggregate 19%
Brazil 32%
India 28%
Saudi Arabia 27%
Mexico 34%
Russia 31%
Indonesia 21%
South Korea 20%
Turkey 31%
South Africa 21%
China 18%
Argentina 21%
Spain 16%
Poland 19%
Italy 18%
Canada 10%
Australia 10%
Hungary 15%
France 11%
Great Britain 11%
Japan 11%
Germany 11%
Belgium 11%
United States 9%
Sweden 6%