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Table 2 Respondents’ motivations to migrate to New Zealand (n= 632)

From: What motivates doctors to leave the UK NHS for a “life in the sun” in New Zealand; and, once there, why don’t they stay?

Item Unimportant (%) Not very important (%) Important (%) Highly important (%) Important or highly important (%)
Quality of life (or that of my family) 2 2 28 68 96
More attractive working conditions 5 8 37 51 87
Availability of career opportunities 7 22 53 18 72
Personal/family factors 9 20 33 38 71
Desire to leave the UK NHS 11 24 35 30 65
My training and development goals 10 33 44 14 57
My career progression goals 11 36 40 13 52
More attractive salary and incentives 16 46 33 5 38
Desire to return to New Zealand, a country I had previously worked/lived in 55 16 16 12 29
Capacity to work in both public and private practice 67 24 7 2 9
  1. The final column is the sum of “Important” and “Highly important” responses. Note percentages may not total because of rounding.