London Is Top Destination For International Job Seekers
Written by Geoff Newman on 12/23/2011
A survey of international job seekers has found that half of them would seriously consider looking for a job in London if they ever made plans to relocate overseas.
The survey, carried out by totaljobs.com, indicated the consistent pressure there is for people who are looking for jobs in London. The pressure is particularly strong for those looking for financial jobs, due to London's reputation as a world-leading finance destination.
More than 16,000 job seekers responded to the survey. Fifty per cent of those surveyed said they would consider London as a destination, which was nearly twice as many as the 28 per cent who said they would consider New York, London's closest rival. The next most popular destinations were Singapore with 16 per cent, Paris with 15 per cent and Sydney with 10 per cent.
Mike Booker from totaljobs.com said that the attraction of London for international workers is responsible for propping up a number of areas of industry, and is a major factor in why the capital's property market and the West End have remained in generally robust business during the economic crisis.
"Job-seekers, in particular the young, have become more flexible on where they'll work, which is an encouraging sign," he said. "But we can't rest on our laurels. The rise of the Bric (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations, most of which don't use English to any great extent, means the competitive advantage of being fluent in the current business language lessens every year."