At the end of this post I’m going to give you a link to an article that appeared in the Telegraph in the UK about a month ago. The article has so many facts, figures, percentages, numbers, comparisons and quotes that it quite frankly gave me a headache.
Never mind brain drain, my brain was actually hurting!
So I’ve decided to massively dilute the message here to save you all from having to grab the paracetamol. Let’s see if we can quickly get straight to the bottom line and tell you exactly what it’s all about.
Clever peeps are leaving Britain
Yes, and there’s more.
They are being replaced with not so clever people.
Okay, so that’s what’s happening in Britain, but this website is about life in Australia. So, why should we be interested? The clue is in the second part of the title of this post.
Where are they going?
It’s what we love best here on this website, it’s a top 10 list.
The top destinations for British nationals living abroad are:
- Australia – 1,208,000
- United States – 701,000
- Canada – 675,000
- Spain – 411,000
- Ireland 397,000
- New Zealand – 268,000
- France – 173,000
- Germany – 155,000
- Netherlands – 46,000
- Philippines – 42,000
Yes, the top destination for Britain’s brainy people is Australia and as you can see, around 1.2 million have headed to this country. This is exactly the same as the number of people living here at the moment whose country of birth was the UK.
So somehow or another it appears that this report has managed to calculate that everybody who moves from the UK to Australia is brainy, which I suppose must include me. They must’ve heard about my “O level” in maths then.
Whilst the article didn’t say exactly how they came to the conclusion that all these people leaving were brainy, they did say that the report was based on information from the 2011 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIIAC) from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Yes, the OECD again, the people who also brought you:
- The OECD Regional Well-Being Report 2014
- OECD Better Life Index 2014
- Who Are the Happiest People in the World?
And so much more.
Key facts and figures
Let’s take a look at just five of those key facts and figures, an easily manageable amount of information guaranteed not to drain your brain.
- The country’s most highly skilled workers are emigrating because they can earn more money and enjoy better standards of living overseas.
- There are now an estimated 4.7 million Britons living abroad and, on average, more than 300,000 a year leave the UK.
- Between 1964 and 2011 some 684,000 “highly numerate individuals” left the UK. (There you go, told you so, that’s my maths “O level”.)
- Britons who have emigrated are more likely to earn more money and enjoy a healthier lifestyle than those remaining in the UK.
- Average earnings for emigrants to America, Canada and Australia in 2011 stood at the equivalent of around £2,580 a month compared with just over £2,000 for those in the UK.
That last point, about earnings, really does backup what I’ve suggested in my posts on the subject, for example in Australian and UK Salaries Compared: Part Two 2012.
Some jolly good reasons to move abroad as far as I can see; who doesn’t want more money, a better standard of living or a healthier lifestyle?
If you want more reasons though, more stats, more figures, more percentages, more quotes and maybe that headache, head over to The Telegraph for the full article.