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Table 6 Importance placed on various reasons for moving away from New Zealand in respondents indicating that they were considering leaving New Zealand (n= 181)

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 (%)
Desire to return to a country (for example, UK) where I had previously worked/lived 11 13 36 40 76
Availability of career opportunities elsewhere 25 20 39 16 55
Limited career opportunities in NZ 31 28 25 16 40
More attractive salary and incentives elsewhere 43 33 14 10 24
More attractive conditions of work elsewhere 43 35 16 5 21
Better lifestyle elsewhere 50 30 17 3 20
A poor working environment in NZ 60 25 12 4 15
Lack of administrative support staff in NZ 60 31 7 2 9
Lack of clinical support staff in NZ 60 32 8 0 8
  1. The final column is the sum of “Important” and “Highly important” responses. Note percentages may not total because of rounding.