Want to climb the career ladder? Try leaving the country

Working abroad could be the key to promotion for tech workers

If you want to make the most of your career in IT, the best thing to do might be to leave the country.

In a survey of 500 IT professionals, more than half of UK IT workers said their career prospects had improved as a result of working abroad, with three-quarters of the senior technology workers polled - including IT directors and CIOs - having worked abroad.

One in five IT professionals even claimed to be a serial ex-pat, having held at least five jobs abroad during their career to date.

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Want a promotion? Best off going abroad
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The survey also found that 27 is the most common age to work abroad for the first time, with the average posting being just under three and a half years.

The most sought after countries to work in were the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand followed by European countries.

Tech workers who have tried working abroad cited learning new skills and achieving a better salary as reasons for the move, but the main advantage mentioned was a better lifestyle, according to the survey by recruitment consultancy Networkers International.

The company's CEO Spencer Manual said the survey showed three-quarters of respondents who had worked abroad found it easy to get a job on their return to the UK.

"I think this shows that IT pros have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking the plunge and experiencing work and life overseas," he said in a statement.

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