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Survey -- Willingness to migrate for work on the rise

June 24 2008

A recent survey reveals growing acceptance of the global economy among the workforce worldwide. According to a Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) study, "Borderless Workforce," which surveyed nearly 28,000 employers across 27 countries and territories, 31% of employers worldwide are concerned about the impact on the labor market of talent leaving their country to work abroad. A parallel study called "Relocating for Work survey" said that 37% of individuals would be willing to relocate anywhere in the world for a better career.

The survey gathered responses from more than 31,000 people in 27 individual labor markets worldwide.

Additional findings of the survey show that 78% of individuals would be willing to relocate within their national borders or abroad for work and 41% of those would be willing to relocate permanently. Respondents from the Philippines (96%), Ireland (93%), Brazil (93%), Portugal (92%), Colombia (92%), Mexico and Central America (92%) and Peru (90%) 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 than their older colleagues. And the most popular destinations that people would want to relocate across borders for work are the United States, the United Kingdom, and Spain.

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