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UK jobseekers 'would re-locate'

Published: Friday, 14 March 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Some three-quarters of UK workers would be prepared to move to a different city to find work, while two-thirds would re-locate overseas, according to new research.

Conducted by global recruitment firm Kelly Services, the study also discovered that many workers in the UK are willing to spend long periods travelling to a place of work, with some 17 per cent stating they would allocate two hours a day to commuting.

Around 115,000 people were surveyed across 33 countries, including 7,000 in the UK, to ascertain their attitudes towards travel to work and relocation issues.

Commenting on the findings, Steve Girdler, Kelly Services director of marketing, said: "With a more globalised workforce, there is increasing recognition that people may have to relocate to find the right work, or to advance their career. There are many skills that are easily transferable across borders, especially in sectors such as banking and finance, IT, science and engineering."

Additionally, 47 per cent of respondents said they would consider moving to a country where they did not speak the local language fluently.

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