{Study} Brexit and Job Search - First Figures and Analyzes: New Opportunities for German Employers?

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Currently, the UK is still the king of European job hunting. This could change however with a Brexit, as already indicated first figures after the referendum. Brexit_ labor market effects

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Twice as many job searches from the UK

The vote to leave the EU could reduce Britain's popularity with job seekers - and thus Germans Company Gain advantages. Especially in technical sectors and in the popular cities of the startup scene like Berlin, the consequences of a Brexit could be felt. This thesis is underpinned by initial data on the European sides of Indeed shortly after the referendum.

Immediately after the Brexit referendum, Jobsuchen shot out of the United Kingdom. Once in the early morning hours of the 24. As the result became known in June, the proportion of job search requests from the Kingdom doubled.

Opportunity for digitization in Germany?

Germany could benefit from this. The search for UK to Germany increased by more than double. Search requests from the rest of Europe to Germany increased by 61%.

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Particularly noteworthy: among the industries that Brits particularly often sought in Germany, there were several IT and IT search terms besides marketing and finance, such as the programming languages ​​Java and PHP and occupations such as data scientists and engineers. This is an indication that especially departments that are particularly important for digitization could benefit from a reorientation of British and European workers.

Indeed data: EU job searches to Germany after Brexit

Munich and Berlin: Europe's highest concentration of vacancies

In Germany, among the jobs with the most clicks from abroad last year were positions such as development engineers and project engineers - just as sought after are jobs for software engineers, IT system administrators and data scientists. These are all complex and difficult to fill fields of employment, where there is a high demand for skilled workers and which play a crucial role in the digitization of the economy

Germany is the strongest economy in the EU, with a stable labor market and a constantly growing startup scene, especially in Berlin - but also in many other German cities, such as Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich or Hamburg. Munich and Berlin are even the two cities with the highest concentration of vacancies in the tech sector in Europe. Here, a larger pool of talent would definitely be an advantage.

Competition from Ireland

But Ireland also showed a similar pattern in the last days, the search requests there also rose more than double. And not only the British looked closer at the neighboring island, we also saw a significant increase in the search for Ireland from other EU countries, a reference to a reorientation of European workers. The sectors most sought after by the British in Ireland were marketing, HR, engineering, logistics and trade.

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Ireland's flexible labor market and the English language certainly make the country interesting for employers and, above all, British companies. But Dublin is not the only attraction for European job seekers, Berlin also scores across Europe. Both cities already have a real magnet in Europe and beyond. The metropolises are attractive, offer a high quality of life and - crucially - a much lower cost of living than London, which already attracts today.

Indeed data: British searches for Ireland

Status Quo and Outlook

In search queries within the EU-15 countries, despite its economic situation and low unemployment, Germany is currently only third among France, according to a Indeed study from the beginning of the year, but is popular among many non-EU and EU-28 countries ,

I am of the opinion that Germany could gain more attractiveness through a breakthrough for skilled workers in the search for highly qualified positions within the EU. Areas such as the technology sector, engineering and financial services would benefit from the additional candidates for which a UK outside the European Union is less accessible or less attractive.

Looking to the future

Of course, the current figures are just a snapshot. What will happen in the coming months and years depends on the further political developments. But: All measures that restrict the freedom of movement of workers could permanently change the position of Great Britain on the international labor market.

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Indeed data: British searches in the EU

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