PEOPLE who move to the Isle of Man feel they are richer and safer as a result, according to the findings of a survey completed recently.
The survey, which examined 1,089 people who relocated from the UK to 13 different locations around the world, found 93 per cent of those coming to the Isle of Man felt they were safer here than in the UK.
Answers revealed almost a third of people move abroad for work reasons and of those, 79 per cent feel better off financially for doing so.
Lifestyle in the Isle of Man also scores highly in the survey with 88 per cent of people saying this was better in the island than in the UK.
Richard Musty, a director with Lloyds TSB International Private Bank, said: ‘In today’s difficult employment market there is a trend for people to relocate to different countries for work.
‘The financial services and manufacturing industries, both of which have been impacted by a challenging economic climate, stand out in terms of the number of people moving abroad for work.
‘However, employers seem to be aware of the challenges and it’s encouraging to see the extent to which they are prepared to help facilitate the move.
‘Significantly, 55 per cent of our respondents were offered a moving allowance, with a further 50 per cent offered help with housing costs and 43 per cent flights home.’
The survey, carried out online on behalf of Lloyds-TSB International found the difficult economic climate was encouraging an increasing number of people to look abroad for employment with many of the most popular destinations being English speaking countries like the Isle of Man and Channel Islands as well as America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
France and Germany were among the popular European destinations.
A similar survey less than a year earlier found fewer respondents (54 per cent) said they earned more as a result of moving abroad.