USA and UK are top choices for professionals moving abroad
America retains its number one spot as Britain kicks it up into number two in the places that foreign professionals most want to move to
A new poll has revealed that Britain is now the world's second most desirable location for professionals looking to live and work abroad, trailing only the United States.
The UK leapfrogged Australia in the Hydrogen Group poll which asked respondents where in the world they would most like to live and work, given the opportunity. The news may come as some surprise to the British government opposition, who have argued that Britain is less competitive and attractive under Prime Minister Cameron's government.
Fears over the British economy, high household bills and squeezed wages were eclipsed by the country's growing reputation as a centre for fast-expanding technology companies, the poll revealed.
The United States held on to its status as the most popular location for professionals moving overseas by a long way, followed by Britain, Australia, Singapore, Canada and Switzerland.
"The United States is still the dominant force, but the UK is definitely on the march," said Dan Fox of recruitment company Hydrogen, which commissioned the survey of 2,000 people in 90 countries.
"We are seeing a lot of Europeans coming to work in the UK. It is all about wanting to work for the up-and-coming companies."
The biggest motivators for staff looking to work abroad were better career chances, new experiences and the potential to earn more, the survey said.
The report showed that UK ranked second choice for professionals in law, life sciences and technology, and fourth for those in finance. Australia, consistently popular as it combines highly developed professional sectors with a high quality of life, ranked second for oil and gas, third for finance and life sciences, and fourth for law and technology.
Eighty-six percent of those quizzed wanted to stay abroad longer than they had originally intended, with the UAE, Hong Kong and Spain topping the list of where people remained longer than anticipated.
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