Purchasers keen to relocate abroad for career development

19 September 2012
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19 September 2012 | Anna Reynolds

The prospect of greater career opportunities is making buyers consider relocating overseas.

A survey of 124 purchasers, most of whom are based in Europe, conducted by recruitment firm DSJ Partners, revealed 52.2 per cent of respondents are considering relocating, with 90 per cent stating career progression as the main motivation. Other factors included an improved salary (58.2 per cent) and work/life balance (43.6 per cent). A further 27 per cent said they are actively looking to move.

More than 60 per cent of respondents named the US as their preferred location, with Switzerland and Asia following closely behind with 53 per cent and 42.7 per cent respectively.

Harry Sliufko, head of procurement and supply chain at DSJ Partners, said: “I think it’s interesting that the USA still upholds the reputation of a country that can advance careers, the stats show that a large number of staff in Europe can’t see opportunity for progression in the their current roles, a factor employers need to address if they want to retain staff.”

The report also revealed 59.7 per cent would relocate for the same salary if the company, opportunity and location was better than their existing position.

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