Canada is among the top destinations for global employees relocating for work purposes, according to a new poll.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos Global Public Affairs, on behalf of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), found Canada was just second in line, behind the US, when it came to desirable relocation countries.
These new results bump Canada up for its fourth place position in 2012 (the last time the poll was conducted).
And even though the US retained its top spot, the poll found it had actually dropped four points as a desirable place to work, with only 30% of workers surveyed saying the US would be their destination of choice.
The poll found 22% of employees would choose Canada as their destination, while the United Kingdom rounded out the top three, with 19% of those polled saying they would choose to work there.
Going in the other direction, the poll found 19% of employees polled in Canada are ‘very likely’ to relocate.
The survey also uncovered a growing reluctance on the part of employees to consider moving for work.
Almost 18% of employees in 20 countries said they would be “very likely” to temporarily relocate for up to two years and take a full-time job in another country. However, they would want a 10% pay increase to do so.
But 40% of global employees agree there is nothing their employer could do to convince them to take an international assignment, an increase of five points versus 2012.
In Canada, 39% of respondents said they are “not at all likely” to relocate.
“It is increasingly more challenging and complex for companies to motivate employees to move for work,” said CERC President and CEO Stephen Cryne.
“Balancing the needs of today’s modern family, which is very likely comprised of dual income professionals, children and aging parents, are at times insurmountable.”
The survey also found most global employees say they would only move to a country that is friendly to immigrants.
“The rise in protectionism and opposition to global trade and immigration in some regions are very likely influencing the thinking of employees about moving for employment,” added Cyrne.
The 2017 survey polled 10,091 working people in 20 countries about their attitudes international relocation for employment purposes.