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Just 14 per cent of jobseekers looking for work in the South-East of Ireland would emigrate to America – from a total of 60 per cent prepared to move abroad.

A survey conducted by the Hartley People Recruitment and Training Agency suggests that 60 per cent of all jobseekers are ready to leave Ireland.

Australia and New Zealand are top choices for re-location with 30 per cent support while 20 per cent aren’t fussy where they go, 19 per cent would move to Britain and 14 per cent to the United States.

Of those prepared to emigrate, 60 per cent say they would return home within three years.

Respondents unwilling to travel abroad to find work want to in Ireland mainly because of family and financial commitments according to a report on the Silicon Republic website.

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Those looking outside of Ireland for work cite improved job and career prospects, salary incentives and better tax conditions as the main reasons to relocate.

Roisin Hartley, director of Hartley People, told the website that the survey was carried out to get a true ‘on the ground’ picture of jobseekers’ views.

“Initially, when we analysed the results, it did paint a pretty bleak picture about the ‘brain-drain effect’ as so many are prepared to travel abroad to gain employment or to enhance their careers,” said Hartley.

“The trend indicates that those who are unable to relocate due to commitments, both family and financial, are slightly older than those who are prepared to travel abroad.

“However, on the flip side, it is reassuring that 60 per cent intend to return home within three years. The fact that these jobseekers plan to return home re-skilled, up-skilled and prepared to contribute to the Irish economy may be a key factor in driving future growth in Ireland.

“We must remain focused on job creation in this country. Ireland has a smart, well-educated population, primed and ready to work.

“Over half of the respondents in our survey are graduates and although many plan to leave, crucially, they intend to return. There are jobs abroad for those who are prepared to travel, so the Government needs to remain focused on job creation ensuring this talented and skilled workforce returns and assist in rebuilding the Irish economy.”

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