Most New Zealanders Prepared To Move For The Right Job – Kelly Survey

(March 30, 2011)– More than three-quarters of New Zealanders would be willing to move for the right job, with many prepared to relocate to another country in order to secure their preferred position, according to the latest survey from workforce solutions leader, Kelly Services®.

Underscoring New Zealand’s well-established OE culture, by far the most mobile workers are aged 18-29, with 47 percent prepared to travel offshore for work. However, over a third of workers aged 30-49 (34 percent) and 31 percent of respondents aged 50-65 counterparts, would also be willing to move overseas for the right job.

The findings are part of the Kelly Global Workforce Index, which obtained the views of approximately 97,000 people in 30 countries, including almost 1,900 in New Zealand. 

The survey, conducted from October 2010 through January 2011, also reveals a significant number of people working in “unconventional arrangements,” involving long or unusual hours, multiple jobs, living away from home or excessive travel.

“Across many industries, there are a host of people who are now prepared to move within their own country, or shift overseas in the pursuit of work,” Kelly Services managing director Debbie Grenfell says. “In an environment where the market for talent is becoming global, more and more people are assessing job opportunities internationally to advance their career.” 

A total of 79 percent of respondents say they are prepared to move for the right job, while 21 percent are not. While 40 percent are prepared to move within the country, 38 percent are willing to relocate to another country or continent.

By far the most desirable destination for globetrotting New Zealand job-seekers is Europe, nominated by 39 percent, well ahead of Asia Pacific (18 percent), North America (14 percent), South America (3 percent), Middle East (3 percent), and Africa (1 percent).

Results of the survey in New Zealand also show:

  • Among various industry sectors, those working in IT are the most prepared to shift countries for work (54 percent), followed by science (48 percent) and local government (47 percent).
  • The overwhelming factor preventing people from moving abroad for a job is “family and friends,” cited by 58 percent, followed by the cost of moving (25 percent), language barriers (8 percent), and cultural differences (2 percent).
  • The desire to move to a different continent is driven by “the experience” rather than setting up permanent residence, with 48 percent prepared to stay for three years or less.
  • More than a quarter (28 percent) are working in what they consider unconventional arrangements. Of these, the most common grievance is “unusual hours,” affecting 31 percent, followed by long hours (26 percent), multiple jobs (17 percent), living away from home (9 percent), and excessive travel (9 percent).
  • Half of those working in unconventional arrangements believe they can only continue doing so for up to one year. However, almost a quarter (22 percent) say they can sustain it “indefinitely.”

“Many skills that were once specific to a region or country are now able to be carried out in varied parts of the globe, meaning that job mobility becomes important for career advancement. In fast-growing sectors such as engineering, science, finance and healthcare, there is diverse global demand that can present personal rewards and career opportunities for those willing to travel,” Debbie Grenfell concludes.
For more information about these survey results and other key global findings, please visit the Kelly Global Workforce Index. 

For further information, including the survey results and key global findings, please contact:

Victoria Bennett
Marketing Manager
Kelly Services (New Zealand) Ltd
Tel: +64 3 363 5322
Mob: 027 213 0613
Email: victoria_bennett@kellyservices.com

Gerard Blank
The Agency Communications Ltd
Tel: +64 3 341 5841
Mob: 0275 243 629
Email: gerard@theagencynz.co.nz

About the Kelly Global Workforce Index™ The Kelly Global Workforce Index is an annual survey revealing opinions about work and the workplace from a generational viewpoint. Approximately 97,000 people from the Americas, APAC and EMEA responded to the 2011 survey with results published on a quarterly basis. Analysis of the 2011 data was conducted by Echo Research. Kelly Services was the recipient of a MarCom Platinum Award in 2010 and a Gold Award in 2009 for the Kelly Global Workforce Index in the Research/Study category.

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