After the Brexit Vote, Job Seeking Took a Jump

Check out the graphs below to see what job seekers did after the British vote to exit the European Union.

“Many UK-based job seekers started a vote of their own,” says Indeed Economist Mariano Mamertino. “They jumped online to look for work elsewhere. The share of job seekers looking for opportunities outside of the UK in European countries doubling in the 48 hours that followed the announcement of a Brexit.”

He adds: “Most job seekers looked to the very countries of the European Union that Britain will be leaving, with Ireland attracting the most searches, followed by Germany. But job search didn’t just stay in Europe, as UK-based job search rose 73 percent for the rest of the world too, to countries like the U.S. and Australia.”

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3 Comments on “After the Brexit Vote, Job Seeking Took a Jump

  1. While the numbers are incredible, the fact that this happened is anything but shocking, in my opinion. I think something important to note here is that England is headed, if not already knocking at the door of, a tough stint economically speaking. However, in a global economy the show must go on.

    Companies in the UK and elsewhere abroad (and in the US for that matter) will have to continue recruiting top talent if they wish to remain near the tops of their industries. Perhaps now, more so than ever.

    With that said, resources will no doubt be spread thin, which is exactly why a strong recruitment marketing strategy is paramount to a businesses ability to survive this economic downturn–that might possibly lead to a recession for Great Britain.

    The first place many will turn to, no doubt, will be job boards and aggregators to find highly qualified candidates, as recruiters and staffing agencies may prove too costly for struggling businesses. However, even when posting jobs online, there’s a price to pay.

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  2. Couldn’t this also be a look at how those that aren’t British are looking at jobs back in the country from which they came, and not a negative view on the UK’s job market as a whole? Also, yes there was a spike for a day, but it seems like that has quickly subsided instead of maintaining the higher percentage of job seeking outside of the UK.

    1. Hi Robbie – Yes, that’s a good point. Some of the traffic out of the UK may be coming from Europeans or people with other nationalities looking for jobs in their home countries. However, it’s unlikely that this will be limited to just this group of job seekers.
      In any case, the timing of the spike suggests that – in the hours after the Brexit results were announced – job seekers in the UK (either British or non-British) responded by looking for jobs abroad in larger numbers than before.

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