London is still the most popular destination for expats. Picture: Supplied
London is still the most popular destination for expats. Picture: Supplied

Which city rules for expats?

LONDON is still the most popular city for overseas workers to come to beating New York, Berlin and Barcelona in new research.

A report by the Boston Consulting Group and the website totaljobs also revealed that overall the UK has fallen from second to fifth in list of most desirable country to work in, The Sun reported.

 

London is still the No. 1 spot for expats. Picture: Supplied
London is still the No. 1 spot for expats. Picture: Supplied

 

They say this is partly down to the ongoing uncertainty about the future immigration policy for staff after it leaves the EU.

It means the US, Germany, Canada and Australia now all rank higher than Britain in terms of attractiveness, according to the survey of 400,000 workers in 200 countries.

The decline in the UK's popularity is particularly apparent for residents of European countries, the UAE and China - who now pick the US, Australia, Germany or Canada as more attractive places to work.

The popularity of moving to the UK has seen an overall decline, but the capital remains popular. Picture: Getty
The popularity of moving to the UK has seen an overall decline, but the capital remains popular. Picture: Getty

But the capital has retained top spot, as the leading global financial and tourism hotspot has not been adversely affected by Brexit.

Nick South, of the Boston Consulting Group, said: "This research demonstrates the scale of the talent challenge facing organisations in the UK.

"Despite London's enduring appeal, the UK as a whole has become less attractive to international workers.

"At the same time, British workers' willingness to work abroad has significantly increased. Together, these two talent trends create a major challenge for the UK.

"It is critical for UK private and public sector organisations to get on the front foot and proactively take steps to attract and retain top class talent to ensure their future success."

Of the countries that judge the UK most attractive to work in, the top five are in English-speaking Commonwealth nations: Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana and Nigeria.

 

London remains more popular than other global destinations such as New York. Picture: Getty
London remains more popular than other global destinations such as New York. Picture: Getty

The study also found that more UK residents than ever before are prepared to move abroad for work.

Almost two thirds said they were open to working overseas, compared to 44 per cent in a previous study in 2014.

This article was originally published in The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.



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