Skilled Brits relocating abroad

09 Mar 2015 15:29
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Professional Britons live and work abroad, studies have shown.

One in 10 Very Skilled Britons live overseas, based on a new study, as emigrants enjoy better pay and better health.

The study by University College London also shows countless migrants with low levels of numeracy have 1 in 10
come to the UK, however incomers are in general more likely to have a degree when compared with local Britons.


Approximately 4.7 million British nationals reside abroad, largely to Australia, the United States and Canada, the study said.

In a report, published today, primary researcher Dr John Jerrim of the UCL Institute of Education mentioned "approximately 1 in 10 Skilled British people today lives overseas".

Emigrants were earning far more money and described much better health when compared with so-called United kingdom "stayers", however were working for longer hrs.

British people working in North America and Australia earned 4,000 Usd per month in comparison with roughly the same as 3,200 dollars in the UK, however they worked on average 55 hrs when compared with 44 for stayers.

And 86% working in North America claimed highly good or excellent health, in comparison with close to 61% of stayers.

"Very little had been known about the work, revenue or standard of living of United Kingdom emigrants compared to the people who remain in this country," Dr Jerrim reported.

"On the whole, although there are some key differences in regards to career routes and earnings, they're perhaps less pronounced as you might expect. It appears that, even though individuals relocate in pursuit of a better lifestyle abroad, this may not always be achieved."
The research of UK emigrants, immigrants and "stayers" hinted at 684,000 highly-numerate Britons left the country between 1964 and 2011, to be replaced by an almost equivalent number of immigrants with strong numeracy skills.

However around 2.4 million people with inadequate number skills had came into the country, comprising 1 in 4 working-age United kingdom innumerate adults.

"While immigration from south Asia has added many highly numerate people to our labour force, immigration from the same place and Africa has added 6 times more individuals with very low numeracy skills to the UK compared to those with high numeracy skills," Dr Jerrim said.
"Immigrants make up 1 in 4 of the 9.6 million working age adults living in the UK with poor numeracy skills. Immigration has hence had its largest impact on the lower end of the numeracy skill distribution; it has resulted in a substantial increase in the supply of low-skilled staff."

Dr Jerrim evaluated data on Twenty-four nations collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The study centered on 7,628 UK 'stayers', 843 immigrants into the UK and 1,324 emigrants, aged 16-65.
The investigations also showed about 37% of immigrants held a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 21% of stayers.

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