More than a third (36%) of non-British workers in the UK are considering leaving the country in the next five years — and 26% could go within three.
What is more, it is the highly-skilled workers from EU countries (47%) who are the most likely to consider leaving rather than highly-skilled non-EU workers (38%), according to a new survey published by Deloitte.
For less-skilled workers, 27% of both EU nationals and non-EU nationals claimed they are also likely to leave within five years.
In terms of numbers, the 36% that might go within five years represents 1.2 million of the 3.4 million migrant workers in the UK. Deloitte argues that the results show a shift in attitudes among non-UK citizens since the June 2016 EU Referendum.
Since the result was announced, almost half (48%) of migrant workers already in the UK see the country as being either “a little” or “significantly” less attractive.
The UK’s appeal has palled most among highly-skilled workers: of those currently living in the UK, 65% of highly-skilled EU workers and 49% of highly-skilled non-EU workers say the country is now less attractive.
Among less-skilled workers, 42% of EU nationals and 25% of non-EU nationals say the UK is now less attractive than it was (however, 30% of less-skilled non-EU workers say the country is now more attractive).
Overall, the survey of 2242 EU and non-EU workers (half of whom live in the UK and half elsewhere) found that the UK still remains an attractive place to live and work. It is the most favoured global destination and it ranks highly on job opportunities and diversity.
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