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UK/Ireland — 72% have considered emigrating abroad to find work

26 April 2010

A new survey of active job seekers conducted by employment solutions provider Grafton Recruitment Plc in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, shows that 72% of people have considered emigrating abroad in order to find work, with Europe being the top destination followed by Australia, Great Britain and Canada.

The survey, which polled over 1,000 individuals during the month of March 2010 also showed that 30% of respondents received a pay increase in the past year and nearly 27% expect to receive a pay rise in the next 12 months. 40% don't anticipate a pay rise while 34% said they don't know if they will get a pay increase.

While 75% of people would be flexible in terms of a starting wage in a new job, 48% are not prepared to take a drop in their current or most recent salary. Of those willing to take a pay decrease, 65% said they would accept a reduction of between 5 and 10% while 22.5% would consider a 10 to 15% decrease. 5% would consider a 15 to 20% decrease while 8% would take a 20% decrease.

The survey also showed that 23% of those actively looking for a new job are unemployed while a further 10% are job hunting as they are worried about job security in their current organisation. A further 9% are preparing to graduate and are looking for their first paid position. In addition, nearly 80% would accept a short term contract if it meant securing a position.

Of all those surveyed, 46% of respondents are professionals, 25% are skilled workers, 19% are graduates and 10% are students. 54% of respondents are male while 46% are female.

The Grafton Recruitment survey was conducted across the organisation's 20 regional offices across the island of Ireland and provides a comprehensive guide to candidate behaviour in the ever changing Irish employment marketplace.

Cathy McCorry, Managing Director of Grafton Recruitment Ireland, said "it is a sign of the times that 72% of respondents have considered moving abroad in a bid to progress their career. It is also interesting to note that they are mainly focused on English speaking geographies, such as the UK, Australia and Canada. Migrating for work has become part of Ireland's history and so it is of no surprise that Irish workers are not fazed by moving to another country for a number of years."

"The concern for employers, however, is that a massive exodus of talent leaving Ireland to work in another country will have a significant long-term impact on the Northern Irish labour market. This trend needs to be examined properly and employers and governments need to actively respond to the fluidity of talent and the challenges and opportunities that talent mobility poses for both employers and individuals."



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