Could you earn more by moving abroad?

Could you earn more by moving abroad?

British workers could boost their salaries by over £32,000 by relocating overseas, research by Good Move has revealed.

All of the UK’s 14 most common occupations, from plumbers to teachers, are better paid in other parts of the world, with some workers even able to boost their salaries by over £100,000 by moving to a different country.

The study, conducted by the regulated property buyer, identified how much the professions are paid in the UK and compared this against the 10 countries which are most popular with people choosing to emigrate.

Doctors could boost their yearly earnings by a staggering £118,675 by moving to America, while nurses in Canada are paid over £40,000 more than those doing the same job in the UK.

Across each of the most popular sectors, workers could earn an average of £32,922 more by moving to a different country.

Notably, despite the USA having the highest average salary across the occupations studied, Germany ranks first for most sectors. For six of the fourteen most popular jobs, Germany is the highest-paying country.

Conversely, Russia ranks lowest across the majority of the professions, having the most modest average income in 10 of the jobs sampled.

The table below reveals the highest-paying countries for each of the most common professions.

Profession  UK average Salary Highest average salary Country
Plumber £27,159 £52,402 Germany
Electrician £29,102 £52,402 Germany
Accountant £36,171 £51,945 Germany
Administration Assistant £18,545 £43,153 Germany
Graphic Designer £25,689 £41,937 France
Director/Owner £93,106 £135,728 UAE
Medical Doctor £48,460 £167,135 USA
Nurse £27,159 £69,979 Canada
Police Officer £38,582 £60,851 Canada
Marketing Manager £40,677 £64,540 USA
Lawyer £66,329 £93,284 USA
IT Specialist £45,777 £60,074 Germany
HR Manager £43,454 £76,542 Australia
Secondary School Teacher £29,019 £60,163 Germany

Ross Counsell, Director at Good Move, said: “The volume of people using our service in order to move abroad is continuing to grow, with more and more people looking to sell their property quickly and head overseas.

“Our research provides valuable insight into why this trend is occurring. The potential to earn more money abroad, across a large span of countries, evidently has huge appeal to those working in the UK. People are always looking to improve their quality of life and for an increasing amount of people, this now means moving to a different country.”

To find out more about the countries people are moving to and the reasons why they are so popular, visit

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