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Popularity of Gap Year Jobs & Working Abroad is Growing

Sunday 3rd July 2011

Working holidays abroad & gap adventures becoming more permanent

Latest research from Aviva shows more Brits are looking for work abroad and considering moving to a foreign country permanently. A recent study conducted by OnePoll for Aviva, the insurance company, shows that the temptation for workers to leave the UK for pastures new is stronger than ever according to a survey of 1,000 employees aged 18-45. So it’s no longer simply a matter of choosing a working holiday, or a gap year in Australia, the figures show that many Brits are looking for more permanent moves.

Nine out of 10 (89%) respondents believe the last three years has seen a decline in the UK job market, with a further 54% admitting the Government cuts have adversely affected their lifestyle. Over half (54%) of people claim this is a key trigger to them considering a move abroad.

Teresa Rogers, business lead for international PMI at Aviva, said: "When times are tough, it might seem natural to set one’s sights on moving abroad. But our survey shows that there are certainly pros and cons to moving and people need to plan carefully if they are considering making their dream a reality.”

Aviva’s research reveals that the same five countries identified in its 2010 study still remain the re-location destinations of choice for working abroad or gap years. They are:





New Zealand

All statistics are from a nationwide survey of 1,000 British adults, carried out for Aviva by market researchers OnePoll. The opinion poll was hosted online between 31 March and 5 April 2011 and was available to its registered members.