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Countries which attract the most talent

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In terms of desirability, countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada attract the greatest search interest from job seekers all around the world.

According to a report by Indeed Hiring Lab, these three countries received the greatest mix of job seekers from other countries. The report also found that of the four emerging BRIC countries (Brazil, India, Russia and China) only India is attracting talent from other countries globally.

Coming in at 24th place of the 55 countries polled, Singapore scored an index of 1.6 out of 100 in the report’s location desirability index, with job seekers from India making up the largest number of candidates interested in a position in Singapore.

“Director” and “head” were also the top two search terms used by Indian residents searching for jobs in Singapore.

“People often think of only the local population as being competition for local jobs, but if a relatively large number of outsiders are also looking for jobs in that area then the labour market may be tighter than it appears,” Tara M. Sinclair, Indeed economist and associate professor of economics and international affairs at George Washington University, said.

“Significantly, we find that 27.8% of job seekers in the US are willing to make an interstate move and 9.1% of global job seekers are contemplating a cross-border move.”

The US in particular received searches from all other countries studied, while the majority of searches to the UK stemmed from Asian and European countries.  External searches to Canada were led by the Middle East and Asia.

“This research is a fascinating look at the search patterns of job seekers all over the world,” said Sinclair. “The movement of a global workforce can help economies confront fluctuations in unemployment, distributing skilled workers where they’re needed most. This research adds to our understanding of intended mobility, helping employers target the portions of the global workforce that are relevant to their jobs.”

Here are the top five countries which attracted the most attention from job seekers worldwide, based on their index.

1. United States            
2. India                            
3. United Kingdom        
4. Canada                          
5. Japan

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