Interest in UK Jobs from non-EU Candidates

During the past year, interest in UK jobs from candidates based outside the EU has increased by 20%, according to a new survey by Indeed.

For the first time in seven years, UK based jobs advertised on are attracting a greater number of clicks from outside the EU than from EU countries. 

Interest from the EU has seen only a slight increase of 1.3% since 2019. Overall, there has been a steady decline in EU interest since the 2016 Brexit referendum as EU citizens will face visa restrictions for the first time with the end of freedom of movement on December 31st.

Jack Kennedy, UK Economist at Indeed said: “As the free movement to the UK for EU citizens ends, interest is increasingly coming from further afield.”

High-paying jobs, in sectors such as tech, engineering and finance, are the most attractive to foreign workers.

The rise in interest from non-EU countries has partly been driven by the UK government’s offer of a path to citizenship to about three million people from Hong Kong. The offer follows Beijing’s imposition of a National Security Law in Hong Kong and applies to people holding British National (Overseas) passports.

In a separate survey by Indeed, which involved more than 14,000 employees and 3,500 employers across 14 countries, job security emerged as the top priority for workers at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc with most economies.

The survey measured the experiences and attitudes of people across areas such as job security, motivation, teamwork, pandemic support and work/life balance. The survey found that for 71 per cent of workers across the globe regarded a secure, stable form of employment as one of their top priorities for 2021, with 56 per cent ready to sacrifice perks to achieve it.

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