Dubai named as top overseas destination for US job seekers

New research says Dubai has leap-frogged London as most popular location for jobs abroad for US citizens
Dubai named as top overseas destination for US job seekers
By Staff writer
Fri 31 Jul 2015 01:18 AM

Dubai has become the most popular destination for US citizens to look for new jobs abroad, according to new research.

Research by health benefits provider Aetna International has revealed that US citizens are becoming more diverse when searching for jobs overseas with Dubai leap-frogging London as the top destination.

Since January 2013, Dubai has been the most sought-after location among US citizens searching for ‘jobs in (country)’ as they consider working abroad. This moves Europe’s primary financial centre, London, to second-place after being the top of the wish-list since 2006. 

Aetna International looked at Google Trends data for the world’s 40 largest countries and their capitals since 2006.

Caroline Pain, marketing director Aetna International, said: “Compared with 2006, US citizens appear to be considering a far broader range of countries than ever before when it comes to working abroad. 

"Dubai has now overtaken London as the most popular city for Americans looking for jobs overseas. It’s also interesting to see Paris becoming the third most-searched global city, pushing Singapore down the table.”

The remainder of the top ten most searched capital cities since January 2006 form a mix of old Europe – Rome, Geneva and Amsterdam – plus Cape Town in South Africa, Mexico City, and Ottawa in Canada.

Pain added: “Like everyone else around the world, it would appear US residents think about job prospects along with their New Year’s resolutions. Our research analysis discovered two noticeable trends year-over-year – a peak in January, and in the middle of the year, with searches trailing off toward the end of the year.”

Recently the Financial Times reported that the trend in US residents choosing to ‘expatriate’ has consistently risen since 2008 with the number reaching a record 3415 in 2014.

Aetna International’s research highlighted the job search market experiencing a decline in 2011 but, since 2013, the overall trend shows a relatively steady level of interest in expat working.

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