The Brain Drain

The Brain Drain

A recently published report from the Home Office reveals that executives and senior managers are leaving the UK at the rate of 1500 every week. With almost daily news of redundancies and City job numbers expected to hit a 20 year low next year it’s not surprising that job hunters are starting to look for better employment prospects abroad.

While times may be tough here in the UK there are certainly other countries in the world where the job market is still very active.  There are employment opportunities in the Asia / Pacific region with the economy in mainland China booming and a massive demand for professionals in almost every job category. Equally in the Middle East, despite the unsettled political situation in some countries, there are around 55,000 British workers employed the United Arab Emirates and a further 26,000 working in Saudi Arabia. Of course if you have the right language skills then Europe might be a good target and there are now large numbers of British workers in countries like Germany, France and Spain.

If you are in the position to consider working abroad then the benefits can go well beyond simply finding a job.

Higher Earnings


It’s not always the case that overseas jobs pay more but you may still find that you have a higher standard of living in an overseas country where salaries may be lower but where the cost of living is lower as well. In many developing countries (in particular in the Middle East and Asia Pacific) expatriates may  be able to secure not only high salaries but also very attractive benefits including tax free salaries, free housing, free schooling, free medical cover and transportation.

International experience may benefit your career


Time spent working overseas may very well enhance your career prospects on your return home. An article in the Harvard Business Review states that “Corporations seek leaders who are comfortable in many cultures; they want those who can speak multiple languages and understand the nuances of doing business outside their home regions”. In our increasingly global economy you just can’t ignore the benefits of having some international experience on your CV.

How can I find a job overseas?


You can search for international jobs on the Telegraph jobs pages or try Exec Appointments which is a particularly good online resource for more senior managers and executives and includes pages listing senior management roles in the Pacific Region and in the Middle East.

Many of the major UK recruitment agencies also have international offices and you can leverage contacts you may have made with recruiters here in the UK to find recruiters who operate in your chosen overseas territory.

Finally before investing time in an overseas job search, do check the procedures for obtaining a work permit and make sure that you are potentially eligible to work in the country (or countries) that you select.

Jeremy I’Anson is a professional careers coach and the author of You’re Hired! Total Job Search 2013 published by Trotman Publishing. For further details visit

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About Jeremy I'Anson

Jeremy I'Anson is the author of You're Hired! Total Job Search 2013 published by Trotman Education. Jeremy provides one-to-one career coaching to job hunters at every level from graduate to CEO. Jeremy writes career related articles for the national press including Computer Weekly and The Guardian. He is the official Career Coach at the Daily Telegraph. View all posts by Jeremy I'Anson

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