Majority of IT talent would quit Britain

If a good opportunity to work abroad emerged, the vast majority of UK IT professionals surveyed would happily uproot and relocate to a foreign country.

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Working overseas is rarely a snap decision for IT professionals, yet a survey published today suggests that most tech workers would jump at the chance if offered.

The IT Job Board study involving 283 IT professionals revealed that 81 per cent of those surveyed would happily relocate abroad if a suitable job opportunity came up, mirroring the willingness of overseas IT staff to come to the UK.

Similarly, 71 per cent said they would also relocate to a different UK city in order to take up a new work role, suggesting IT staff are becoming more flexible in order to further their careers in the current climate. Over a third also believed that the UK would continue to be the leader in IT industry growth.

"It is good to see that IT professionals believe the UK will have the biggest demand for IT jobs, and that large numbers would relocate to other national cities for employment," said Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board.

"It is also encouraging to see UK techies willing to expand their horizons and ready to look for overseas work."

Of the 81 per cent willing to decamp abroad in search of work, only 16 per cent blamed the decision on the economic downturn. Just over a quarter (28 per cent) would do it purely for career progression reasons.

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