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Majority of British architects would leave UK for work

The majority of British architects are attracted by the prospect of work overseas, with almost nine in 10 saying they could consider moving abroad for work

According to a survey run by, 86 per cent of architects would consider moving abroad for work, with 52 per cent happy to move abroad for longer than 10 years - the favoured destinations being Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar.

The poll by the construction industry jobs website also found the main motivations for moving abroad are the prospects of a higher salary (63 per cent), better career opportunities (56 per cent) and for the experience (52 per cent).

While more than half (58 per cent) would readily move to China to work on Sky City, 70 per cent would move to Singapore to work on the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, and 73 per cent believed that Brazil’s Olympic Games would provide opportunities similar to those in the UK.

Meanwhile, only 53 per cent of British architects believed the UK was not becoming a less attractive place to work, while 55 per cent said that the UK government was not doing enough to retain talent.

Rob Searle, commercial director of said: ‘With such high levels of professionals considering a move abroad, it’s apparent that the UK is losing its appeal and could now potentially be losing many of its talented professionals to other countries.’

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