The yearning for an improved quality of life is sometimes so great that it can make people leave their home country and their families and go to work in another country. The United Kingdom is a very attractive destination to many people that maybe have a low quality of life in their own country, or alternatively, just want a change of lifestyle. There are many reasons why the United Kingdom is such a desirable place to live. Some are listed below.
Social Reasons – Cultural diversity is something that British citizens have embraced over the last 20 years. Because of the wide variety of citizens from different backgrounds, the U.K is known to be a country free from the cultural segregation and racism that is prominent in some other European cultures.
Employment – Unemployment is relatively low in Britain, with a current unemployment rate of 7.8%. Compared to the Euro zone unemployment rate of 10.1%, the rate of unemployment in Canada, currently at 8.1%, and U.S.A being 9.6%; the U.K has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the developed world. The average working week for employees in Britain is also quite low with a total of 35 hours. There is generous leave granted to employees and also statutory paid maternity and paternity leave. Combined with high salaries and 12 public holidays per year, the U.K is one of the best places to work in the world.
Economy – The national currency of the United Kingdom is the Pound Sterling. Commonly abbreviated to pound, the pound sterling is the 4th largest economy in the world. Because of its strength, Britain enjoys a low inflation rate of around 3% and good exchange rates between foreign currencies.
Education – 90% of children in Britain go to free, state run schools. These schools are world leading in their educational ability and technology. With famous universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Kings College, Britain can safely say it has one of, if not the best education system in the world.
Health And Welfare – 1948 was a turning point for Britain. In that year the National Health Service was born and the welfare state begun. Britain offers more financial benefits than most other countries in the world and helps its citizens when they are incapable of helping themselves. Free healthcare is arguably a sign of a truly developed culture, a culture involving a government that cares for its citizens and utilizes its abilities to ensure the wellbeing of the population. Free healthcare also extends to dental and eye care for children up to the age of 18 and the elderly. To summarize, if it is a higher quality of life you are looking for, no matter where you are from, the United Kingdom can, in no doubt, offer it.