Office 'scamps' long to work abroad

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A growing number of office workers would rather swap their career to travel around the world, research revealed today.

A poll by recruitment firm Office Angels showed one in seven wanted to work abroad, with New York and Sydney rated the top destinations.

Office Angels said they had identified a new breed of worker they dubbed as scamps - those wanting to swap careers and money for passport stamps.

Travelling the world was more important than climbing the career ladder, with only a minority of those questioned saying they were satisfied with their job, said the report.

David Clubb, managing director of Office Angels, said: "This new generation of scamps recognise that money and work are not the be-all and end-all of life and are eager to pursue new experiences, both at home and abroad.

"There are so many exciting opportunities available in organisations today such as sabbaticals and career swaps and my advice would be to take these up wherever possible and have a fun and fulfilling career.

"It is widely known that many employers favour candidates who have travelled or worked abroad as it shows confidence and maturity."