Are you thinking about moving abroad? Making this huge life decision can be challenging so we're here to help. Explore our 5 top reasons why you should consider relocating your career to the UK.
There is currently a chronic skills shortage in the UK job market, mainly due to the effects of Brexit, which means companies are experiencing a lack of top talent. This makes it a great time for candidates to consider relocating to the UK as there are a large number of roles available for any 1 candidate so there’s a vast amount of choice in companies to work for.
What’s more, as a result of the skills shortage, there has been a notable increase in salaries across all areas including Finance, technology, Legal, Risk & Compliance. For example, finance candidates who are newly qualified are seeing starting salaries increase from £50k to £55k. This has been a growing trend due to candidate shortages due to the post-Covid market we now find ourselves in.
The UK has a diverse range of areas to live and can cater to any lifestyle you desire. If you would like to be amongst the hustle and bustle, then London is the perfect place for you as it has international culture, captivating history, an exciting social scene, and great transport links. If you prefer a quieter environment but still want to experience city life then there are many places to choose from such as St Albans, Milton Keynes, and Birmingham.
If you’re an avid traveler, then moving to the UK will be fitting for you as there are many travelling opportunities across Europe as it’s on your doorstep! There are over 40 airports to fly from and because of its central location, you can fly anywhere with reasonable flight times and costs. You can even do a day trip to Paris as it’s only 2 hours on the Eurostar.
There are many economic benefits when you move to the UK so your money will be sure to last longer as you’ll have plenty of disposable income. Medical expenses are free with National Health Service (NHS) and education institutions for children are free up until college level so it’s especially a great move for young families.
Industries are growing, particularly in the London market e.g. Fintech and E-commerce. It’s good to join companies that are on the brink of the stock exchange (at IPO stage), giving you strong progression opportunities, unlimited growth potential, and greater autonomy.
It’s also a great way to gain international experience for South African’s and the opportunity to be recognised purely for your skillset and what you can offer a company. Diversity and inclusion is also highly encouraged and business are accountable to adopt inclusive hiring strategies, this means there is no bias involved in the recruitment process.
The UK is very progressive with employment packages, with options including paternity leave, shared parental leave, holiday entitlement, and mental health & wellness benefits, . A general trend we’re seeing is companies exercising the flexible/hybrid working approach, whereby employees are in the office 2/3 days a week, offering employees a positive work life balance.
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