Decline in Indians looking to work in US, UK

NEW DELHI, Oct 17: In an apparent reversal to the trend, there has been a 38 per cent decline in Indians looking to move to the US and 42 per cent decrease in Indians looking to work in the UK last year, recent data released on Tuesday by global job site Indeed said.

The decrease in the number of Indians looking to move abroad also extends to the Gulf, as evidenced by the 21 per cent decrease in searches to the UAE. According to Indeed report  the prospect of Brexit could be deterring Indian job seekers looking to the UK as countries such as Germany and Ireland have seen an increase in Indians actively looking for jobs.

Germany has seen a 10per cent increase in Indians looking for jobs while Ireland has seen a 20 per cent increase for the same period. The steadily growing Indian economy and political uncertainty abroad has persuaded highly skilled Indian talent to stay at home to find jobs, and this in turn has fostered a thriving start-up scene, Indeed India Managing Director Sashi Kumar said.

According to Indeed report, there has also been an overall 5per cent decrease in Indians looking to move abroad in search of job opportunities. On the other hand, job search to India has seen an uptick with a 25 per cent rise in people from the UK. The trend is even more pronounced for the Asia Pacific region, with a 170 per cent increase in interest in moving to India.

“This growing popularity of India as an employment destination is further bolstered by Government initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, which offers ease of doing business in India. While it is too early to predict, these figures show a trend of Indian nationals who were working in the UK or the Asia-Pacific region, expressing a desire to return to India,” added Sashi.

Despite the declining figures, the US still tops the list of countries that Indians would like to migrate to, with 49per cent of Indians searching for jobs overseas looking at the US. The other countries where Indians look to work include UAE (16per cent), Canada (9per cent), Great Britain (5per cent), Singapore (4per cent), Australia (3per cent), Qatar (2per cent), South Africa (1per cent), Bahrain (1per cent). (UNI)


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