DÜSSELDORF, Germany, March 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The United States has lost its status as the place foreigners would most like to work, with Canada now considered the number one destination, according to a new study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network. The study shows that the pandemic has had a major impact on people’s attitudes towards working abroad, reducing their interest in general and tilting them towards countries that have done the best job at containing the coronavirus.
A report based on the study is released today. Decipher global, on-premise and virtual talent is the third core publication based on ongoing BCG and Network research on worker mobility and worker preferences.
Only around 50% of people are willing to move to another country for work, according to this year’s survey, which included nearly 209,000 participants in 190 countries. This is down from a willingness level of 64% in 2014 and 57% in 2018. Least willingness to move was expressed by respondents in almost every country in the world.
“Restrictive immigration policies have already weakened the trend towards mobility,” said Rainer Strack, one of the study authors and a senior associate of BCG. “COVID is a new variable that makes people cautious about international relocation. And with the rise of remote working, many may find that they can pursue their careers virtually, without needing to move at all. ”
Almost all of the countries that have moved up the top ten rankings have a relatively low incidence of COVID-19 cases. Including Canada, Australia (now number three among global work destinations), and Japan (now number six). In addition, two Asia Pacific countries that have praised their public health work – Singapore and New Zealand – are on the list for the first time.
Concerns about the coronavirus response in Europe has contributed to a decline for many previously popular destinations. Germany and France each lost two places in the ranking. Italy and Spain fell from the top ten list.
Attitudes towards the world’s most famous cities also reflect their countries’ responses to coronaviruses. new York, Barcelona, Rome, and Madrid are now considered much less attractive work destinations than they were in 2018. Tokyo and Singapore have become more attractive, just like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates also less affected.
A new type of mobility
While there is less willingness now to raise the stakes and relocate to a foreign country, the survey shows a high level of enthusiasm for the model of staying in one’s home country while working for an employer. foreign. Fifty-seven percent of people say they’re ready to do it, and when international remote work is the issue, the United States changes places with Canada and is number one again.
The general openness to virtual work is particularly high among people working in the fields of information and digital technologies. Seventy-one percent of people with a background in digital or analytics said they would be willing to work for a company without a physical presence in their own country. Just like 67% of people with a background in computer and technology. Among those with a master’s degree or above, the will quotient was also high: around 62%.
“Hiring people from other countries is not a new practice for employers,” said Pierre Antebi, co-director general of the Network and one of the authors of the report. “But the trend of remote working allows it to be done on a larger scale and to expand the pool of available talent. There is also a benefit for workers, who can advance their careers without uprooting their lives.”
The report outlines the challenges businesses face in delivering international jobs remotely – including cultural integration and obtaining visas – and highlights some early solutions.
The data collected for Decipher global, on-premise and virtual talent provides information on workers’ attitudes by gender, age, education level, digital skill level and position in the job hierarchy. This data will be at the heart of two more reports that BCG and The Network will publish in the coming months as part of this year’s research. The second report will focus on new models of work in the wake of COVID-19, and the third will explore changes in career prospects and people’s expectations.
A copy of the first report can be downloaded here; an online summary of the report will be available here.
To arrange an interview with one of the authors, please contact Eric Gregory at +1 617 850 3783 or [email protected].
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