How shifts in international job search are accelerating global competition for talent

The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the movement of people and goods across borders. Yet, unlike international trade, which is still crippled by supply chain disruptions, the movement of people across borders is showing surprising resilience judging by the rapid rebound in cross-border job search on Indeed’s platform in 2022. Against all odds, the activity of internationally mobile jobseekers is on the verge of returning to pre-crisis levels. Businesses should understand this development as they think about recruitment and officials must take it into account when setting economic policy.

Jobseeker mobility could even reach new heights on the back of powerful long-term forces, such as digitisation and the ageing of  the workforce, which change the mix of skills employers need and the availability of workers.  Coupled with geopolitical shocks — such as  Brexit, war in Ukraine and political turmoil in Hong Kong — these transformations are game changers for the European labour market.  Some countries are already taking advantage of increased international job search and mobility  to fill gaps in domestic labour supply. For their part, businesses find themselves competing for talent ever more intensively in a global  marketplace in which traditional boundaries have fallen away. 

Our report — which leverages timely and unique data from hundreds of millions of job searches and postings on Indeed — shows that the remote work revolution and widespread labour shortages brought about by the pandemic are likely to fuel cross border mobility across all segments of the workforce. Well-prepared employers can position themselves to take advantage of this transformation. This report provides an inventory of innovative practices that can guide recruiters and help employers navigate through the opportunities and challenges of post pandemic European labour markets.

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