Wanted Down Under: British Entrepreneurs
Australians say their country is crying out for business acumen from the UK
British entrepreneurs are wanted in Australia according to a survey which shows nearly 9 in 10 Australians would like more Brits to emigrate Down Under.
The survey by Crown Relocations revealed 86 per cent would welcome more British expats, with one in five Aussies saying the country lacks entrepreneurs.
Additionally, two-thirds of those polled (65 per cent) considered British citizens to have strong entrepreneurial skills.
John Morris, National Manager at Crown Relocations comments: “The survey results are encouraging for entrepreneurs considering setting up a business Down Under and show that British entrepreneurship is recognised and welcomed there.
“Everyone knows that Australia is a beautiful country and a wonderful holiday destination. But it can also provide exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to live and work abroad.”
These results come 60 years after a mass migration from Britain to Australia, when British people were encouraged to move Down Under. These Brits were commonly referred to as the ‘£10 Poms’ – and more than half of Aussies say they have made a big impact on the country’s economy.
The Crown Relocations survey also revealed the following:
- A third of Australians agree that those who have emigrated from Britain have had a positive effect on the community.
- A quarter think visa regulations should be relaxed to allow more skilled workers to emigrate to Australia, rising to 39 per cent for young people.
- Over half (55 per cent) of Australians believe those who emigrated from Britain to Australia in the last 50 years have helped to grow the Australian economy, rising to two-thirds amongst the over 55s.
The top five skills/professions Australians believe their country lacks at the moment are:
- Doctors (39 per cent)
- Nursing (35 per cent)
- Scientists (33 per cent)
- Teachers (29 per cent)
- Entrepreneurs (19.5 per cent)
- Two thirds of Australians felt that being hard working was one of the most important traits when thinking about those immigrating to their country (66 per cent)
Sample: 1,001 Australians living in Australia
Survey Period: February 2016