The research, carried out by global recruitment specialists Hydrogen, shows that the UK is establishing itself as a favourite among foreign workers, particularly within technology.
The Global Professionals on the Move 2013 report, which surveyed over 2,000 people across 90 countries, has shown that despite the challenges with its economy, the country still has an attraction that draws professionals from around the world. One reason for this might be because the UK is now the second most prominent global technology hub.
Dan Fox , Managing Director of Technology practice at Hydrogen, said, "The US is still the dominant force, but the UK is definitely on the march. The US has Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the UK has Silicon Roundabout, where you've got all these exciting tech firms opening. A lot of Europeans view the UK as a tech hub where you can work for exciting fast-paced companies."
Hydrogen's report looks at the experience, attitudes and priorities of highly qualified professionals with regard to working abroad. Other key findings of the fourth annual report were:
83% of respondents who had relocated believed it had accelerated their personal development;
77% said it had benefitted their career prospects;
72% said it had enhanced their salaries;
43% said family would be their main potential barrier to relocating;
12% thought there were no barriers to relocating at all (up from 4% last year).