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A Globally Mobile Workforce – a result of COVID-19 or ambition?

17 Nov 13:00 by Angela Boffy

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New research undertaken by Laurence Simons Search has revealed that 87% of people working in legal roles would currently consider moving countries for a new role.  Out of those willing to relocate, 55% stated that they wouldn’t hesitate to move, whilst 32% responded that they would seriously consider changing countries for their career.

This survey has provided a unique glimpse at the motivations behind moving for work.  Whilst career progression was the most quoted reason for moving abroad, personal growth and expansion of knowledge were also stated.

Of the 130 people surveyed, 8% had already moved to a different country for work, and 6% said that it was something that they would never consider.

Reasons states by those who would never consider moving countries for work include: not wishing to move away from loved ones, they are happy where they live and work already, and a wariness of potential language and cultural barriers.

Laurence Simons Search are a specialist legal, compliance, intellectual property and legal operations search firm, partnering with businesses across the world to source the best, and most sought after, talent.

Clare Beresford, CEO at Laurence Simons Search, says ‘With numerous offices over the globe, and a multi-cultural, multi-lingual team, we are highly experienced in placing legal candidates in different countries and we are definitely seeing an increase in candidates who are globally mobile’’. 

‘’We are also seeing a shift in companies who are either realigning or restructuring roles across many countries.  For example General Counsel with wide geographical scopes are able to consider roles in different locations,  senior compliance profiles and lawyers/legal counsel due to a now tried-and-tested approach to remote working because of COVID-19 may have a wider choice of where they can choose to relocate to than ever before.  As a search firm, we are often hearing of key strategic roles that can be based in a flexible location’’.