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Mobility: a strong desire amongst European professionals

2.7.2016BlogMobility

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Professional mobility is an important tool for career development among European professionals, both in terms of geographical and occupational manners.

Indeed, changing jobs means gaining new insights, also into other corporations – or, in the case of inter-country mobility, into other cultures altogether. Geographic mobility is an integral part of many tertiary education programmes and the ERASMUS programme is an amazing support for this. For researchers, it is also important to have contacts, contracts and publications on an international level. 

High unemployment rates are hindering mobility as people are afraid of moving by a fear of losing their job. In France in 2015, a recent study of the employment agency APEC (Association pour l'emploi des cadres) revealed that around 60% of professionals and managers have indicated a desire to change their job in the next three years, 19% managed to get another job in the company and only 6,4% changed their employer.

In France in 2015, a recent study revealed that around 60% of professionals and managers have indicated a desire to change their job in the next three years.

CFDT Cadres makes a strong statement in favour of professional mobility, which is an essential part of the career, associated to geographical mobility or not. It must be possible to exercise that right inside or outside the enterprise. Any geographical mobility has also to consider the rights of the partner and be open to seniors.

Coming back to Europe, movement of professionals has become essential for all sectors, be it to conduct business internationally or in other areas such as education and research. Professional mobility should not be hampered because of Brexit. The right of free circulation is a basic right which enables us to live in a free world!   

Ute-Meyenberg

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Ute Meyenberg
Vice-President of Eurocadres