Skilled employees in the UK are increasingly looking to move to foreign countries, according to the findings of a recent study.

Produced by Natwest, the research suggests that of the 200,000 Britons who emigrated in 2006, two-thirds left to find work.

Additionally, 42 per cent of the people who went to find work abroad were found to be either managers or professionals.

Commenting on the findings, Dave Isley, head of NatWest International Personal Banking, said: "This trend will increase as countries continue to seek out the talents of British workers and entice them to foreign climes with career opportunities and the chance to experience life abroad."

It was also discovered that nine in ten expatriates questioned reported that they were financially better off living abroad.

In other employment news, research compiled recently by Monster suggested that bank holidays increase the likelihood of staff seeking alternative work, with 49 per cent of those surveyed saying such a break encourages them to job hunt.