200 million people use jobs site Indeed.com every month, so when they release data on employment trends, it’s usually worth a read.
The company’s latest report is extremely topical – giving us a snapshot of global migration by looking at Job Search trends. Those in favour of migration argue that it provides a fresh supply of talent, energy and specialist skills – especially in countries with aging populations. However, as political events this year have shown, it is also being blamed for lower wages, job losses and the rise of populist movements across the United States and Europe.
Measuring 49 countries with Indeed sites between April and August 2016, the researchers exclusively focused on international job seekers. This time period accounts for a number of major events which might have influenced potential migrants, such as the Brexit vote, and the worsening economic situation in Venezuela (currently the least searched for destination).
What does the report say about the UK?
Some have feared that the impact of the Brexit vote would put off people planning to work in the UK, but it still ranks as the second most searched for destination for international job seekers, attracting 12.67% of all international interest (it would be interesting to see whether or not this changes next year as Brexit negotiations begin).
On the other hand, the share of UK jobseekers looking for jobs in other European countries doubled in the 48 hours following the results compared to what it had been in the days prior to the vote, just as interest in the US increased by 1.7%.
Despite the distance and greater difficulty of working in the US, it still attracts a greater share of UK interest than Europe (again the impact of the recent election may have an impact on the next report). This interest is mutual, with US jobseekers choosing the UK more than any other European nation, twice as much as second favourite France.
So what do international job seekers want to do here? The results are surprising. Boosting claims that the UK has a strong tech industry, the greatest interest lies in geographic information software. Who would believe that the second most searched for job by people looking to work in the UK is Football Coach? Photography also ranks highly, with 4.4% of searchers keen to document our mild landscape, bustling cities and pleasant weather.
It’s worth bearing in mind that these searches don’t necessarily equate to a move. However, as Jeff Kolko, Chief Economist for Indeed writes in the report, these figures give us ‘insight into how global job seekers perceive different labor markets and the opportunities those markets present’.
Read the report to see how the rest of the world compares.