Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Want to exit post-Brexit? This study reveals where in Europe your job would make you the most money


After it was announced in June that the UK had voted to leave the European Union, many unhappy Brits started considering their options. Countries including New Zealand saw a huge spike in the number of UK citizens enquiring about moving there – and one study showed that the number of Brits looking to move overseas increased by 30% in the wake of the Brexit vote.

If you were one of those considering a move abroad, a new study has revealed where in Europe you could earn more money, work fewer hours and have longer holidays – all while doing the same job you have now.

Credit comparison website TotallyMoney.com has created a jobs infographic showing how European countries compare to one another based on salary, average hours worked per week, and paid leave (based on the top 10 countries in Europe that Brits migrate to, including the UK).

The interactive tool also shows where your current job could earn you the highest salary.


Pilot? You'd be better off staying in the UK.

“This tool might inspire people to think about moving abroad, when they see they could earn more elsewhere for doing the same job they love,” says Joe Gardiner of TotallyMoney.com.

“Sometimes a change of scene is, as they say, as good as a rest – with the added bonus of making you even more money.”

Britain was found to be the best country to work in if you are a train driver, airline pilot or accountant.

Read more: This is the best city in the world for quality of life

But perhaps unsurprisingly, it was discovered that Germany ranks at the top country to work in – offering the highest average salary for a staggering range of careers, including design (£29,193), electrical engineering (£39,957), childcare (£29,191), teaching (£45,295) and journalism (£34,322).

German employees don’t make the most money overall – that distinction goes to the Netherlands, where people earn on average £39k a year – but they do work the fewest hours per week, clocking in a dreamy 26 hours in the office on average.

People in Germany also have some of the lowest living costs in Europe, contributing to a generally high standard of living.

Read more: French workers leave work early in support of gender pay gap protest

Coming in at second place in the overall rankings is France, which currently offers the most paid leave at 30 days per year.

France was also found to pay the highest average salary to doctors (£120,750), electricians (£33,620) and people working in customer service (£27,720).

And Sweden is the place to head if you’re an estate agent (average salary: £55,348), architect (£43,128), chef (£36,176), bar worker (£27,286) or window cleaner (£32,485, incredibly).

Try out the interactive tool for yourself:

But how many of us are actually thinking of moving away from the UK? According to a new survey of 1,500 people by TotallyMoney.com, over 55% of Brits have considered moving to a new country – perhaps due to the fact that a third of us feel overworked and more than half feel underpaid.

So if you’ve been thinking about getting out of here, now could be the time to bite the bullet.

“With the trigger about to be pulled on Article 50,” says TotallyMoney.com’s Joe Gardiner, “you might want to start packing your bags sooner rather than later.”

Images: iStock


The most beautiful UK beer gardens to enjoy this bank holiday weekend

Make the most of summer like a true Brit: with a drink in hand

by Moya Crockett
23 Aug 2017

The best walking routes to explore from the city without a car

No wheels? No problem. Get out there and make the most of the countryside this bank holiday weekend

by Victoria Gray
23 Aug 2017

British bucket list: places to see and things to do before you die

Travel experiences of a lifetime

by Anna Brech
22 Aug 2017

Revel in Britain's most luxurious spa retreats

From log-fired hot tubs to salt scrub showers

22 Aug 2017

Solar eclipse 2017: how to watch it in the UK

The rare phenomenon will happen at sunset today

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Aug 2017

Revealed: the world’s best cities to live in

London didn't even make the top 50...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Aug 2017

Discover an unspoilt corner of Sicily

With miles of wild, sandy beaches, a rich history and even richer cuisine, Stylist falls for south-east Sicily

by The Stylist web team
15 Aug 2017

You could rent a private Caribbean island for under £500

All your holiday dreams are about to come true

by Megan Murray
09 Aug 2017

8 Disney castles you can actually visit in real life

08 Aug 2017

Swim off Shetland's secret beaches

Wild swimming doesn't get much wilder than Scotland's shores; Stylist leaps in

by Anna Hart
08 Aug 2017