Research carried out by Experis, has revealed that nearly half of UK professionals working in IT and Finance roles, would seriously consider moving abroad, which could mean increased job opportunities for contractors working in these sectors.
Experis, a professional resourcing firm, surveyed 700 IT and Finance professionals in order to investigate attitudes to the major trends impacting the world of work. Across both areas, the data found that global rivals from emerging markets are challenging the IT and Finance industries in the UK.
Of those surveyed, 62% of IT respondents and 52% of Finance respondents said the UK faces strong competition from abroad, suggesting that British businesses may need to do more to stay ahead of the competition. However, with more permanent staff looking to find work abroad, this will make more jobs available for freelancers in the UK
The research found that the number one attribute IT and Finance professionals valued in their job, was having a positive work/life balance. Positive teamwork and collaboration was rated as the second most important feature in a job. Surprisingly, both were ranked ahead of having a competitive package.
Experis Managing Director UK & Ireland, Geoff Smith said, “Although achieving a positive work/life balance may be more of an aspiration than a reality for some, it is evident that employers must take this desire seriously, this is considered more than an optional extra.
“Organisations must also recognise that this balance can mean different things to different people, often influenced by the stage of their career and family commitments.”