Few Canadians willing to relocate overseas

Most would be motivated by better pay: Survey
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/10/2012

Almost one-fifth (19 per cent) of employees in 24 countries would be “very likely” to take a full-time job in another country for two to three years with a 10 per cent pay increase, according to a poll released by the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC).

Those most likely to say they would relocate internationally were from Mexico (34 per cent), Brazil (32 per cent) and Russia (31 per cent). Just 10 per cent of Canadian employees said they would take a full-time job overseas, found the survey of 12,907 employees.

Global employees willing to move abroad for a new job offer would be most motivated by incentives such as a guaranteed option to return to their current role after two years, a 10 per cent pay increase, round trip tickets to visit home and paid language training, if necessary.

When asked to indicate their top reasons for why they would relocate, 38 per cent of respondents said they would do so because of the better pay. Other reasons include: better living conditions, international experience as a good career move, a new adventure and time for a change.

When asked why they would decline a relocation opportunity, 36 per cent said a 10 per cent pay increase is not enough of an incentive for such a move and almost one-third said they don't want to leave their friends and family behind. One-fifth said their partner has a job preventing a transfer and 13 per cent said they don't want to uproot children from schools and friends.

"Family and spousal issues are the reasons most often cited by employees when turning down an opportunity to relocate for work,” said Stephen Cryne, CERC president and CEO.

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