Singaporeans willing to relocate for work
Singapore – Nearly two in five Singaporeans are willing to move to another country should the right job offer presents itself.
According to a new survey by workforce solutions provider Kelly Services, 18% of local respondents would consider moving to a different continent for the ideal job. Out of the 933 people surveyed, a total of 89% are willing to move for the right job.
Singapore’s most mobile workers were Gen Y (aged 18-29) and Gen X (aged 30-47). For both groups, 90% were willing to move, significantly higher than the 78% of Baby Boomers who would relocate overseas.
Mark Sparrow, managing director of Kelly Services, said as talent becomes increasingly global, more workers are deciding to relocate in pursue of better opportunities, “rather than simply hope that the work will come to them”.
According to Sparrow, this means "job mobility becomes important for career advancement” as many skills that were once specific to a region or country can now be carried out in other parts of the globe.
Across the board, employees were keen in working in Asia Pacific (41%), Europe (26%) and North America (16%) for new jobs. However, 40% of those who were eager to move indicated the maximum time they were willing to work in another continent was only one to three years.
The survey also revealed there was a considerable number of employees in “unconventional” working arrangements, which involved long (41%), or unusual hours (18%), multiple jobs (14%), living away from home (9%) or excessive travel (12%).
Only 44% of those working in these arrangements said they believed they could do so for up to a year, while 21% said they could do so “indefinitely”.
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