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Understanding International Talent in 2018

Understanding International Talent in 2018
Friday, 21 September 2018

There is no doubt that the workplace is becoming more global as professionals are willing to move around the world and managers are looking abroad for expertise. However, this also means that the workforce is changing quickly as younger generations are less afraid than the retiring class of employees to pack up and leave a job that doesn’t feel “fulfilling” to them. This creates issues for managers and team coordinators as it changes the workplace dynamic and cultural/generational issues should be addressed as each group of people brings its own expectations. [1]

Therefore, understanding the attitude of this workforce is important both for companies and countries. In order to do just that, the Boston Consulting Group and online recruitment company The Network have recently carried out a survey analysing the trends and work preferences of 366,000 people in 197 countries and have compared it to a similar on carried out in 2014. [1]

The results can be accessed here, but several interesting aspects highlighted are: who is willing to move, where they are willing to go, and what these employees are looking for in their future job. The type of candidates (origin, background, expertise, etc.) considering mobility is constantly changing although overall willingness to move for “the right job” has decreased in the last 4 years. In addition, the way people perceive destinations has changed since the 2016 elections and Brexit, although the USA and Europe continue to rank as the most desirable destinations. Finally, depending on where someone comes from, the type of appreciation and recognition that he or she hopes to receive varies. [1]

All of the above changes impact not only businesses but also governments, countries, and people. Therefore, it is important to keep these questions in mind as we continue to transform what is now an international workforce.

[1] https://www.bcg.com/en-us/publications/2018/decoding-global-talent.aspx