Survey: Most Employers Expect International Experience in Senior Leaders

London — April 19

A recent survey found that 72 percent of respondents said their employers viewed international experience as important or very important.

The research, commissioned by global recruiters Hydrogen Group, was conducted by ESCP Europe. Ninety-four percent of respondents are considering relocating or have already done so, recognizing international experience as a key factor in career success.

The survey also found that this international migration of professionals is spread more widely than ever before.

Other key findings include:

• Overseas work is no longer just for the young. Forty-five percent of respondents working abroad were older than 40.
• Thirty-six percent of women already abroad are age 21 to 30, compared to 17 percent of men.
• Only 19 percent of women are over 40, compared to nearly 50 percent of men.
• People are staying longer than they expected to: Respondents said they expect to stay overseas for up to five years. However, 45 percent of respondents have already been overseas for more than five years and 50 percent plan to apply for permanent residency.

Source: Hydrogen Group