Ireland has dropped six places in the global rankings for most attractive work destinations over the last three years, according to new data from e-recruitment platform IrishJobs.ie.
The Decoding Global Talent survey, which was conducted in partnership with Boston Consulting Group and the Network, polled a total of 209,000 workers across 190 countries, including 824 employees in Ireland.
It reveals that Ireland has dropped significantly in its ranking for attractiveness to workers, dropping thirteen places since the first study was undertaken in 2014. Ireland now ranks at number 32, coming down six places from number 26 in 2018 and moving from number 19 in 2014.
Similarly, Dublin has suffered a fall in the rankings for most attractive ‘cities’ slipping to 36th place in 2020 compared to 34th in 2018. Dublin’s positioning is down a total of 12 places since the city rankings were first published in 2014, where it was positioned at number 24.
The survey found Canada to be the most desirable country for employment overall, followed by the United States and Australia. London proved to be the most attractive city globally, with Amsterdam and Dubai ranking in second and third position.
Despite the impact of Covid-19 on working abroad, 47% of Irish employees would still be willing to travel for work according to the 2020 data. This is down, 13% compared to 2018. The majority of those willing to work abroad are among a younger demographic, with 69% of young people stating that they would travel for work compared to 49% of those classified as highly educated (Master, PhD, Doctorate or equivalent). Irish workers are still drawn to the traditional labour markets of the UK, US, Canada, and Australia according to the 2020 data. The shared language and similar culture along with steadily growing labour markets make these countries an easy choice for Irish workers looking to work abroad.
According to the data, employees from the UK were the most open to moving to Ireland in 2020, entering the top ten list for the first time since the 2018 rankings. The overall rankings were as follows:
Of those who want to move to Ireland for work, the largest percentage (6.7%) work in engineering and technical roles. The top industries that view Ireland as an attractive working destination include:
Engineering and technical (6.7%)
IT and Technology (5.2%)
Administration and secretarial (4.6%)
Customer service (3.9%)
Health and medicine (3.6%)
Finance and Auditing (3.6%)
Marketing, advertising, and communications (2.6%)
Commenting on the results, General Manager at IrishJobs.ie, Orla Moran said, "The global labour market has changed drastically in the last year due to Covid-19, impacting on workers’ ability to move to different markets. Despite these challenges, Irish workers still have a keen desire to move abroad for work, possibly out of a hope that travel restrictions will lessen in the not-so-distant future."
She added, "This is particularly evident among young Irish workers, with over 69% willing to move abroad for work. This can probably be at least in part attributed to the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on younger workers, as demonstrated by the latest unemployment statistics."