UK still attractive to foreign workers: study

A new study has found that the UK remains one of the most popular countries that foreigners want to come and work in, despite Brexit.

However, the UK’s plans to leave the EU has caused many migrants currently living in the country, to want to leave the UK.

A new Deloitte study asked 2,242 EU and non-EU highly skilled workers to name the three countries where they would most like to live and work.

It found that 57 per cent of respondents placed the UK in their top three destinations, ahead of the US (30 per cent), Australia (21 per cent) and Canada (19 per cent).

“Despite political and economic uncertainties, more people are attracted to live and work in the UK than anywhere else in the world,” said David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte North West Europe. “The UK’s cultural diversity, employment opportunities and quality of life are assets that continue to attract the world’s best and brightest people.”

Yet 48 per cent of migrant workers already in the UK said the country was now a little or significantly less attractive as a result of Brexit. What’s more, 36 per cent of non-British workers in the UK revealed that they were considering leaving the country in the next five years and 26 per cent in the next three years.

EU nationals in London were more likely to consider leaving (59 per cent) than those in the larger Northern cities (21 per cent).

Article published 3rd July 2017