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Germany gains foreign talent from rivals

Germany gains foreign talent from rivals
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Germany is gaining foreign talent from its economic rivals, according to a study from LinkedIn, as more skilled professionals choose to migrate to the country. But which industries are they working in and what characteristics do the share?

Surveying the data of its over 300 million members, social networking site LinkedIn looked at talent mobility in a study to determine which countries gained or lost professionals between November 2012 and 2013.

It measured net inflow and outflow of members in 20 countries that displayed noteworthy migration activity. It then compiled a list of countries winning and losing from the increased mobility of the workforce.

Defending its reputation as an economic leader, Germany saw the eighth highest increase in professionals, with a net gain of 0.4 percent.

India jumped ahead of Germany at 0.5 percent and the United Arab Emirates topped the chart, gaining the majority of workers, most of whom had moved from India.

The site's analysis revealed that over 60 percent of members moving to Germany came from another European country.

While the complete breakdown of who is moving where was not included, it is probable that many of Germany's immigrating professionals came from Spain, which saw the greatest net loss of the group.

The United Kingdom was the second biggest loser, while the USA had the fourth greatest net decrease in workforce. In fact, the study found that only three percent of movers in the United States chose to work abroad.

Traits of international movers and shakers

Younger professionals tended to be the most mobile, with international movers having a relatively low average of 7.8 years of experience. Many who had relocated internationally listed similar skills on their profiles – including social media marketing, java development, and foreign language translation.

Those with so-called STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and math – travelled the furthest distances for a new role – an average of 2,400 miles.

The networking site also determined which of their members would be most likely to relocate based on industry. They found that those most likely to move worked in software technology, media and entertainment, professional services, oil and energy, government, education and non-profit.

The majority of members heading to the German market worked in the automotive and software industries, primarily holding positions that included engineering and research functions.  

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