The U.S., U.K. and Australia remain the favorite destinations for professionals globally, but the U.K. is gaining ground as the top destination for those wanting to work overseas, a new survey shows.
According to a report published Tuesday titled 'Global professionals on the move – 2014' by global recruiter Hydrogen, the U.S. remains the top destination for those already working abroad and those wanting to do so.
But it added that the U.K. has made headway against the U.S. to be almost equal as the most favored country for professionals wanting to work overseas.
"The U.K. and the U.S. markets are both improving, and given the current economic climate in the U.S., the U.K. is seen as a strong alternative for professionals in similar sectors seeking to relocate," Alev Kilic from business school ESCP Europe, said in the report.
The outlook for Britain's economy has improved over the past year. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.8 percent in the first quarter from the previous one, with the economy expanding for the fifth straight quarter.
The U.S., U.K and Australia as the top places to work reflected a preference for English-speaking countries. Others listed in the top 10 for relocation were Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Singapore, UAE, France and Spain. The main attractions for working abroad were lifestyle, prospects and culture.
Where city preferences were given, these tended to be capital cities, with London the most preferred. The British capital was ranked number one by 14 percent of professionals, twice as many as New York, which ranked second, the survey showed.