Over the last decade global mobility has increased with the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the UAE and Qatar all becoming attractive destinations for employees looking to relocate.
According to a recent survey conducted by international recruitment consultancy firm Robert Walters, more and more professionals believe that working overseas is both beneficial from a personal perspective and is also important to their current careers and future prospects. International assignments are good resume builders as they allow access to new cultures and languages and broaden professional networks.
The survey that focuses primarily on career lifestyles shows that 47% of the professionals spoken to rate overseas experience as “important” or “very important” to their future careers, which constitutes a 6 percentage point increase compared to the figures from 2013. Furthermore 76% of the individuals surveyed have already worked abroad or would like to carry out an international assignment at some point in their careers.
The main reasons behind this desire to be professionally mobile are the opportunities to experience new cultures (48%) or improve long-term career prospects (21%) with only 13% claiming salary as the main driver.
Global mobility is therefore beneficial for employees but is also an important element for employers to take into account. The Robert Walker survey found that opportunities for career progression are deemed more important for employees than pay, flexible hours or benefits; therefore an organization that shows that they offer international mobility opportunities can attract new talent to the company as well as securing current employees.
Furthermore, international mobility can help organizations that have multinational operations face potential talent shortages and allows them to optimize their activities by putting the best employees in the best locations. Employees that have experienced international assignments also offer new knowledge, skills and languages and can help companies become more competitive and efficient.
By providing assistance at every step of the relocation process, Expat US facilitates global mobility for employees and employers.
*The survey concerning career lifestyle can be found at the Robert Walters website.