Breaking Down Borders
By Liz Bernier
For knowledge workers in a brave new global marketplace, many of us are still surprisingly reluctant to venture far
from home. Despite the ever-increasing prevalence of international opportunities, satellite offices, temporary work
rotations and the importance of international experience to gaining a coveted seat in the C-suite, at least one in two
Canadians (54 per cent) report that they will not move for work under any circumstances, according to a 2014 survey
of 2,000 Canadians by the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC).
Talent that’s rooted in one place, reluctant to move, is perhaps one significant factor behind the skills gap, according to
the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. Over one-third of companies experiencing talent shortages believe the cause
to be that Canadians simply won’t move for work, according to a 2014 survey.
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