Job seekers come from far and wide to find jobs and work in places like the United States. This leads to issues with illegal immigration and employment program abuse, in some cases. But it also helps the American economy remain strong and robust. Fresh faces bring increased demand for goods and services, spurring business growth and development. All told, it’s a good thing.
Though we tend to see things from the American perspective, many other countries around the world are seen as similarly good choices for job seekers. When you’re serious enough about leaving your home country to find work, you have to keep your options open. Job search site Indeed recently released a report detailing the search habits of international job seekers.
That report found not only which countries job seekers are most interested in, but those that they’re least interested in as well.
International jobs and job seekers
“A total of 200 million unique visitors look for work on Indeed each month, and in the period under study (April 1–August 31, 2016) an average of 4.5% of job search was international,” Indeed’s brief said. “Thus, with a few taps of a finger or clicks of a mouse, anyone with an Internet connection can see what jobs are open in the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and beyond.”
This doesn’t mean that there are 200 million people lining up at the border, however.
“Not every cross-border job search leads to a move. Whether it is an expression of intent, interest, or simple curiosity, it reflects the judgments of people inside a country looking out and of those outside looking in. As such, it gives us insight into how global job seekers perceive different labor markets and the opportunities those markets present,” the report said.
Let’s take a closer look at the top 10 countries attracting international job seekers.
Ireland’s a pleasant place, which is probably why it ended up in the top 10. Of the 49 markets that Indeed ranked, Ireland landed at the 10th spot, securing 2.2% of Indeed’s international job search queries.
Next: Time for Americans to head south.