Labour mobility is important as it helps to balance the job market. For example, areas of high growth may struggle with unfilled vacancies, while in other regions there may be persistently high unemployment Europeans keen and willing to move abroad to live and work - or even to commute across borders for their job - can help to redress this imbalance, while reaping all the benefits that being part of another culture can bring.
Thanks to the European Union's principle of free movement of workers, you can get a job or live or study in any country of the European Union, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
Workers and jobseekers face increasing challenges. The labour market is changing more rapidly than ever before, adapting to the demands of global competition. Employers expect greater flexibility from employees, yet offer less security. Few people still have a job for life. Lifelong learning has become essential to keep abreast of new technologies and the demand for new skills.
This new working landscape can also present an exciting opportunity. People are freer than before to explore a range of roles, sectors and locations. With flexibility and an open mind, both employers and employees can benefit from the greater ease of finding work and doing business across Europe.
The experience of working abroad, either short or long term, can help you acquire and improve your skills, expand your outlook and interact with people of different cultures. Many people find that as well as being an enriching personal experience, working abroad also enables them to find a better job when and if they decide to return home. However, going to work abroad is not a decision that anyone should make overnight. It needs careful consideration and reflection. Being well prepared is essential.