LinkedIn recently shared a list of the top 20 countries where professionals are moving for work based on its internal data. The United Arab Emirates takes the top spot by a fairly wide margin, followed by Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.
"We determined the top 20 countries that saw the most migration activity (the absolute number of members moving in and out of a country) and ranked them by their net migration (the number of members arriving to a country minus the number of member departing a country) as a percentage of country membership," explains LinkedIn's Sohan Murthy. "The results tell us which countries in 2014 had the most professional migrants in 2014 and the general direction in which they moved – potential indications of economic performance through 2015."
LinkedIn shared a similar analysis last year finding comparable results.
According to LinkedIn, 28% of all members who moved to the United Arab Emirates last year came from India, which is the top originating country. The UK, Pakistan, U.S., and Qatar round out the top five. Most who moved to the United Arab Emirates worked for professional services, technology, financial services, and engineering firms. The most common occupations among those moving there were salespeople, marketing specialists, project managers, corporate finance specialists, accountants, consultants, and mechanical engineers.
On the opposite end of the scale, 40% of those leaving India moved to the U.S. The United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada round out the top five there. Tech was the main driver for those leaving India, with software engineers, consultants, project managers, salespeople, and graduate research assistants making up over a quarter of all members who left the country in 2014.
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