London voted number one “city of choice” for workers worldwide

One in six people across the globe want to work in UK capital ahead of New York and Paris

London has been found to be the top “city of choice” for workers worldwide, above cities such as New York and Paris, in new research released today by and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Surveying 200,000 people in 189 countries, the study found that one in six (16%) of those surveyed wanted to work in the capital while the UK was the second most desirable country for international jobseekers, after the US.

Said to be the “most expansive” study of its kind, the report; entitled Decoding Global Talent, also reported a disparity between overseas workers and British workers with 64% of jobseekers worldwide willing to move abroad for work, compared to just 44% of British people.

Interestingly, the majority of Britons that do want to work abroad are keen to relocate to English-speaking and European countries with the US, Canada, Germany, Australia and France topping the list.

On the flip side, the UK was found to be the most popular country for work among those in Portugal, Israel, Barbados, Romania and Jamaica.

The study appears to reward London mayor Boris Johnson’s recent aims to make London “stand out as a global hub”. international director, Mike Booker, co-wrote the study – discussing the findings he said:

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“This report cements London’s reputation as a truly global city. Not only does it offer a wealth of job opportunities in a range of industries, but it boasts some of the world’s top cultural attractions, so it’s no surprise that people across the globe want to come and work here.

“In light of this report, employers must take a more global approach to recruitment. As the workforce is so mobile, companies will have to compete globally to attract the best talent, making sure that they target the right groups and differentiate their recruitment strategy.”


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