Nearly four-fifths of under 30-year-old Finns are ready to move abroad for work, finds a massive international survey of labour mobility trends and work preferences conducted by The Network and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Over 365,000 people in 197 countries around the world responded to the survey over the first half of this year.
Finns, the survey found, are increasingly willing to seize employment opportunities abroad: the share of respondents who would like to work abroad crept up from 60 per cent in 2014 to 68 per cent in 2018. The share was high particularly among under 30-year-old respondents (77%) and highly educated respondents (72%), according to Helsingin Sanomat.
The newspaper has previously reported that fewer and fewer emigrants are considering returning to Finland.
Globally, the desire to work abroad is contrastively on the decline, according to BCG. Fewer than six in ten (57%) respondents indicated they would like to work abroad, representing a drop of seven percentage points from the previous survey.
“It could be that the world is becoming less mobile. Or it could be that work itself is becoming more global, making it unnecessary for people to uproot their lives to find satisfying, well-paying jobs,” analyses BCG.
“Mobility is not lower everywhere, of course,” it adds.
Over 90 per cent of Indians and 70 per cent of Brazilians indicated they would be willing to move to another country for the right job. The willingness to move overseas for work has also increased substantially in the United Kingdom and the United States, both of which have simultaneously seen their reputation as a destination affected negatively by political developments.
“Overall, however, willingness to relocate for work has declined. Of the 50 most populous counties in the survey, only seven show a significantly greater interest in mobility now versus 2014,” writes BCG.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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