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Number of executives willing to work abroad doubles in four years

The number of workers willing to relocate to a foreign country has more than doubled since 2010

The number of workers willing to relocate to a foreign country has more than doubled since 2010, according to research by recruitment firm Hydrogen Group.

The report, Global Professionals on the Move report, is based on a survey of 2,146 executives from across the globe. It suggests that 35% of executives would now be willing to work in a foreign country, up from 16% five years ago.

English-speaking countries are still the favoured destinations for work. London is the most popular city for relocation, with 14% of respondents saying they would be willing to move there. This was followed by New York, with 7%.

More than one-third (40%) said they didn't think there were any barriers to moving abroad now. In 2010, everyone asked said they thought there was at least one.

Almost all (98%) of the executives surveyed said they would recommend working abroad to friends or colleagues, the same number as in 2010.

Hydrogen Group CEO Tim Smeaton said the results show there is now a true "worldwide talent pool" for companies to draw candidates from.

"Geographic and cultural boundaries as an impediment to hiring have dropped away as candidates and companies alike have come to understand that they need to consider a global market," he said.

Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor for business and enterprise, said the results show London is "the commercial capital of the world".

"We have the time zone, the language and the vibe that attracts a remarkable critical mass of talent," he said.

"With a spectacular array of theatres and museums, together with a vast range of other cultural and sporting attractions it is no wonder that more executives are choosing to relocate to London than any other city in the world.”