Canadian Workers Stretch Their Horizons as the Search for Jobs Goes Global, Kelly Global Workforce Index(TM) Finds

By far the most mobile workers are among Gen Y (aged 18-29) who are more willing to relocate than their Gen X (aged 30-47) and baby boomer (aged 48-65) counterparts, including moving across the globe for the right job.

The survey, conducted from October 2010 through January 2011, also reveals a significant number of people working in unconventional work arrangements, involving long or unusual hours, multiple jobs, living away from home or excessive travel.

“Across many industries, there are multitudes of workers who are prepared to move within their own country, or move abroad in the pursuit of work,” says Kelly Services VP and Managing Director of Canadian Operations Karin French. “In an environment where the market for talent is becoming global, many individuals are willing to relocate for work, rather than simply waiting for work to come to them.”

A total of 70 percent of respondents say they are prepared to move for the right job. While 48 percent are prepared to move within the country, 22 percent are willing to relocate to another country or continent.

The most desirable destination for Canadian job seekers is Europe, selected by 31 percent, slightly ahead of North America (30 percent), and followed by Asia Pacific (7 percent), South America (4 percent), Middle East (4 percent), and Africa (2 percent).

Results of the survey in Canada show:

“Many skills that were once specific to a region or country are now able to be carried out in varied parts of the globe, meaning that job mobility can become important for career advancement. In fast-growing sectors such as engineering, science, finance and healthcare, there is diverse global demand that can present personal rewards and career opportunities for those willing to travel,” French concludes.