London still the most desirable city for overseas workers

London has retained its position as the most desirable city for overseas workers, beating New York, Berlin and Barcelona, according to the latest study by the Boston Consulting Group and
The UK overall, however, has dropped three places in the country rankings over concerns about the cross-border movement of workers following Brexit. The study also found that the number of British workers willing to seek employment overseas has soared to more than 60% – the largest increase in any country.

This is Boston’s second such study in four years and shows the UK slipping from second in 2014 to fifth in attractiveness, despite the capital holding on to its top spot. The US, Germany, Canada and Australia all rank higher than Britain in terms of attractiveness after the Brexit vote.
The report said the decline in the UK’s popularity was particularly apparent for residents of European countries, the UAE and China.
Among those interviewed for the study, Linus Kendall - who has dual Swedish and UK citizenship and is completing a PhD in computing at Sheffield Hallam University - said the UK was no longer a long-term option.
“The fact that the UK might no longer be part of European research collaborations means that it is a less interesting choice for me as an academic. My wife runs her own business and, for her, possibilities in the UK would have been better if Brexit hadn’t happened,” he said.
London, however, was again picked as the most desirable global city in the survey of 366,000 workers from nearly 200 countries. Its prominence as a global financial, business and cultural capital does not appear to have been affected by the Brexit vote, the report found.
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