The 10 Most Popular Countries in the World for Job Seekers

A young Prince Hiro, aka Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, studying a globe with his mother and pointing out future hot spots for job seekers

A young Prince Hiro, aka Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, studying a globe with his mother and pointing out future hot spots for job seekers | Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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.

10. Ireland

Castle ruins on the Irish coast

Castle ruins on the Irish coast |

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.

9. Mexico

Pyramids and ruins in Mexico

Pyramids and ruins in Mexico | Cris Bouroncle/Getty Images

Mexico is a surprising addition to the list. We’re used to hearing awful things about the Mexican economy, and how many people are looking to immigrate to the U.S. or Canada to find work. But evidently, job seekers from around the world are looking to go to Mexico for work. Mexico recieved 2.4% of Indeed’s international job search queries.

8. Australia

view of the great ocean road in Australia

Aerial view of the Great Ocean Road in Australia |

The report doesn’t detail the exact percentage of search traffic Australia received from those looking for work. But suffice it to say that it did land in the No. 8 slot on the list. Big cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane are economic powerhouses, providing plenty of opportunity and jobs.

7. France

A young couple looks at a smartphone in front of the Eiffel Tower

A young couple looks at a smartphone in front of the Eiffel Tower | Lionel Bonaventure/Getty Images

International workers are looking to move to France for jobs. Enough so that it took the No. 7 spot on Indeed’s list. Though there have been some turbulent incidents with France’s immigrant population, it remains high on job seekers’ wish lists.

6. UAE

An aerial view of the buildings in Dubai

An aerial view of the buildings in Dubai | Warren Little/Getty Images

The United Arab Emirates, or UAE, is home to the sprawling, powerful city of Dubai. Most people in the West probably don’t consider moving to the Middle East for job opportunities. But in other parts of the world? Dubai has a lot to offer.

5. Germany

A cyclist taking in the sights in Berlin

A cyclist taking in the sights in Berlin |

Germany has one of Europe’s strongest and most dynamic economies. For that reason, it’s a popular destination for those looking for jobs. Through Indeed’s platform, Germany received 4.16% of all international job search traffic.

4. Switzerland

Engelberg, Switzerland

Engelberg, Switzerland |

The Swiss are known for army knives, chocolate, and watches. But it’s also very popular with people looking for jobs. Switzerland received 4.5% of all global job search traffic on Indeed’s platform.

3. Canada

Canada's fans celebrate at the end of a hockey game

Canada’s fans celebrate at the end of a hockey game | Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Canada — “America’s hat,” as some call it. Canada shares a border and a whole lot of culture with the United States. It’s also bigger geographically but has roughly one-tenth of the population. Still, cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver are seemingly exploding with popularity and opportunity.

“After Canada, there’s a steep drop-off in the amount of interest any country receives from global job seekers,” the report said.

2. The United Kingdom

The London skyline

The London skyline | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Though the whole “Brexit” situation is sure to have an impact on job searches, the U.K. is still near the top. London is an international hub and one that attracts talent from all over the world. There are many strong, resilient industries and opportunities, making the U.K. a hot destination for job seekers.

1. The United States

American dollars and flag, add in jobs and you have the entire picture

American dollars and flag |

The U.S. was, by far, the most attractive destination for international job seekers. Indeed’s numbers speak for themselves: “The US is the most attractive destination for the largest number of job seekers*: it ranks as the first choice for global job seekers in 31 out of 48 countries,” the report said.

Also, “Overall, almost a third (29.6%) of international job seekers are looking for opportunities in the US — more than double the total of second-place UK (12.7%), and triple that of third place Canada (9.5%).”

Read Indeed’s Global Migration Snapshot here.

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