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Britain ‘faces new brain drain’


1 July 2011

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The UK could be on the verge of a new brain drain, the findings of two separate reports have suggested.

Nearly one in three UK workers would consider working abroad in the next five years, with Australia and New Zealand rated the most popular destinations, according to a survey of 1,500 adults by Currencies.co.uk.

And young, qualified employees were most likely to be considering moving abroad, according to research by GfK NOP Engage.

It found 27% of the total workforce would be prepared to move abroad to boost their career prospects, a figure which rose to 36% among highly qualified employees aged between 18 and 29.

GfK NOP Engage director Sukhi Ghataore said the findings could pose “significant problems” for companies looking to recover from the economic downturn.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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