Overseas job searches double after Brexit vote

Overseas job searches double after Brexit vote

In the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, searches for jobs outside the UK doubled within 48 hours.

Ireland was the top country UK jobseekers were searching for work in, as found by job site Indeed.

Marketing, HR, engineering, transport and retail were amongst the top searches for UK to Ireland job searches, with the hospitality and finance sectors being the most popular in the UK to other European countries job searches.

This trend was also seen in the Greek bailout referendum in 2015, where the number of Greek jobseekers looking for job opportunities outside of Greece doubled within days of the announcement of the EU’s proposed bailout package in July 2015.

Mariano Mamertino, Economist for EMEA at Indeed, comments on the trends and the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

He says: “Last week the majority of British citizens voted to exit the European Union, but quickly thereafter many UK-based jobseekers started a vote of their own: they jumped online to look for work elsewhere.

“Using Indeed data, we see the share of jobseekers looking for opportunities outside of the UK in European countries doubling in the 48 hours that followed the announcement of a Brexit.

“Most jobseekers looked to the very countries of the European Union that Britain will be leaving, with Ireland attracting the most searches. But job searches didn’t just stay in Europe, as UK-based job searches rose 73% for the rest of the world too, to countries like the US and Australia.

“We see a striking resemblance in post-Brexit job search patterns with those following the Greek referendum in 2015. The share of jobseekers looking for opportunities outside of the UK in European countries doubled in the 48 hours that followed the announcement of a Brexit, just as it did for Greece.”


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