Employers Concerned About Workforce Relocation

By Staff Report

Jul. 2, 2008

Employers worldwide are concerned about losing workers to more enticing locations at a time when talent in many places is in short supply, a recent survey reveals.

Manpower Inc. surveyed around 28,000 employers in 27 countries and territories to find that 31 percent of employers are concerned about the impact on the labor market from talent leaving their countries.

The “Borderless Workforce” survey states that workers in the Philippines, Ireland, Brazil, Portugal, Colombia, Mexico and Central America, and Peru were the most likely to consider relocating.

“As the talent shortage becomes more severe, employers are naturally concerned about losing employees—not just to competitors in their own markets, but to those based overseas, too,” said Jeffrey A. Joerres, CEO of Milwaukee-based Manpower, in a statement.

“More people are living and working away from their home countries than at any other point in history—about 3 percent of the world’s population. These are not the one-way migrations of yesteryear. Talent goes where talent is needed, and we are truly becoming a global, borderless workforce,” he said.

The survey showed the top 10 preferred destinations that workers are migrating to are the U.S., U.K., Spain, Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates, France, Italy, Germany and Argentina.

Filed by Michael Bradford of Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail

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