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Job search goes global for Indian workers

BS Reporter/Mumbai 21 Mar 11 | 04:44 PM

Almost nine-in-ten Indian employees are willing to move for the right job, with many even prepared to relocate to another country or continent in order to secure a  preferred position.

According to the latest survey from workforce solutions leader, Kelly Services 63% of baby boomers prepared to travel abroad for the right job, compared with 50% of Gen X and 49% of Gen Y.

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A total of 89% of the respondents said that they were willing to move for the right job. Out of these, 39% said that they were prepared to move within the country while 49% were willing to relocate to another country or continent to secure a job of their choice.

Europe turned out to be the most desirable destinations for globetrotting Indians job-seekers 36%,  closely followed by Asia Pacific (20%)and North America (19%).

The findings are part of the Kelly Global Workforce Index, which obtained the views of approximately 97,000 people in 30 countries, including almost 2,000 in India.
"In an environment where the market for talent is becoming global, there is a growing realization that many individuals may have to relocate for work", said Kamal Karanth, Managing Director Kelly Services.
"In the current market scenario, employers face skill shortages in many areas and are thus turning to global markets to attract the best candidates. There are many skills that are in high demand globally and easily transferable across borders. These include skills in finance and banking, science, IT, and engineering," the company said in a release.
Many skills that were once specific to a region or country have now become global in its scope, meaning that job mobility becomes important for career advancement. In fast-growing sectors such as engineering, science, finance and healthcare, there is a diverse global demand that can present personal rewards and career opportunities for those willing to travel, Karanth added.

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