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Vanessa Gayle
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Certified professional CV writer, certified interview coach, LinkedIn profile writer and web content writer.
Certified professional CV writer, certified interview coach, LinkedIn profile writer and web content writer.

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"An opportunity to join the business at an exciting time of transition" - really means the company is in turmoil; all our other staff have quit!!
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Stuck in Groundhog Day....
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Beyond LinkedIn...
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Once a poor pearl fishing country, Qataris now have the highest income per capita in the world. Foreign workers make up four-fifths of the 1.9M population and 500 new expats arrive each day. With plans to spend a staggering $115 billion on infrastructure projects by 2022, it promises to be THE World Cup! Great advice before you relocate...
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Seeking the 'Pura Vida'?  No army, good health care, tropical climate, healthy food, high life expectancy, low cost of living and a leader in sustainable development...  Costa Rica ranks N°1...
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International job listings and voluntary work opportunities....

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Eurozone Crisis:  Spanish professionals move to South America

Patterns in immigration around the world naturally ebb and flow with time. In South America however, the trend in recent decades has been distinctly for more individuals to take their leave of the continent than to move to it. But now in the context of the global economic crisis and the problems in the euro zone, the migration patterns in this region are notably changing, and the destination of migrants is now shifting from well-known countries in the developed world to countries with emerging economies, especially in South America.

The United States and Europe are no longer the only favored destinations for skilled migrants. Instead, many European residents, both foreign and national, are now looking to attain a better economic status for their families in South America.

The flow of migration to Latin America shows that the southern tip of the continent is a major destination for foreign workers. Particularly Argentina, Chile and Brazil are seen as highly attractive for skilled immigrants both from neighboring countries and Europe. Some of the reasons for this include job market opportunities, a common language and the cultural similarities with Europe in the case of immigrants from the old continent.

Spanish nationals represent the largest group of migrants to this region. In the last two years approximately 110,000 Spanish people left their home to move abroad, about two-thirds of which preferred developed countries, such as United States, France, Germany or Switzerland, while about 33,540 Spanish migrated to a South American country. Due to the euro zone crisis, Spain is a less attractive environment for business and economic development than it used to be, with recovery prospects manageable only in the long term. This has been enough to cause migration of thousands of highly skilled Spanish professionals in search of employment and progress in countries like Argentina, which has become one of the favourite destinations. Furthermore, due to the difficult economic situation, many Argentinians who had previously lived in European countries decided to return to their home country. Between 2004 and 2012 the applications for residence permits in the country exceeded 1.5 million, according to the Department of Immigration.

Most of the migrant population are Spanish young professionals aged between 25 and 35, whose priorities are based on professional autonomy and development prospects of a career in a company. Such migration profiles result in bringing an increased competitive level in the labour market of the region.

The migration trends within South America and between European countries and Latin America represent an encouraging surprise for the developing continent. The European case registers strong criticism due to the immense loss of Spanish talent, and the process of a “brain drain” to the new world. The projections in the level of economic growth for Latin American regions have increased considerably thanks to the flow of young professionals from Europe and the regional talent who had moved to other places and are now returning home.

No one knows for sure if the current migration to developed countries will return to the same levels it was at some years ago. In the time of crisis nothing is certain, and what remains for Latin America is to adapt to changes in society on the political, social and economic levels, with the shifting demographic and labour market trends in focus.

By Lucía Leguízamo / April 11, 2013
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Generous job market sees expatriates flocking to Dubai...

Commercial manager of recruitment firm BAC Middle East, Cliff Single, said job seekers were coming from almost every corner of the world. “Dubai is very much an international market now ... often viewed as somewhere like Shanghai, London or New York.”

There were growing numbers from the rest of Europe compared to a few years ago, reflecting the impact the European situation was having in terms of people looking (for jobs) abroad, he said.

Examples included Portugal, which had a disproportionately high amount of job seekers using the BAC ME website considering the size of its population, and Greece too. And this was despite salary packages not increasing much over the past few years.

“If you look at 2007 and 2008 there was a lot of scope for negotiation with packages and offers — there’s a lot less scope for that now ... budgets are being set and adhered to much more strictly. Packages in general are still fairly flat, I’m not seeing ‘above inflation’ increases.

“However, even though Dubai may not be seeing big salary increases, it still is comparing reasonably well to other parts of the world facing economic challenges.”

 And while the market had definitely been more challenging for job seekers since 2009, with companies less keen to expand head-counts and employees holding on to their jobs, the number of job vacancies had increased over the past couple of months and the market was probably more buoyant than it had been for nine or ten months, Single said.

Single did not think Emiratisation had impacted majorly on the chances of expat job seekers: “Generally speaking, the business sector here has a lot more momentum and growth than a lot of other parts of the world. Even though more Emiratis are coming into the private sector, the private sector is still growing anyway, so there’s still enough opportunities for everyone.”

However, companies were still being very cautious and rigourous in their selection processes, he said.

Vice president of sales at job site Bayt.com Suhail Masri said the GCC’s broad mass appeal as a world-class destination to live and work was only increasing, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi ranked first and second as the best places to live in the Mena region.

The UAE and other GCC countries were faring better compared to countries of other regions such as the Levant or North Africa, which could mean more professionals from those areas would seek jobs here in the near future.

While this month’s Consumer Confidence Index showed only 21 per cent of Mena professionals thought the regional economic situation was better than it was six months ago, and 44 per cent stated it had gotten worse, more than half of UAE respondents expected their personal finances to get better in the next six months.

The job market was also “looking positive”, with a regional increase in the number of jobs available recently, and hiring numbers this quarter two per cent higher than quarter three in 2012, Masri said.

A January Job Index Survey showed 67 per cent of Mena employers planned to hire in 2013, with multinational private sector companies hiring the most over the next three months. The biggest demand was for junior executive professionals, followed by executives and coordinators, and the most in-demand graduates were from business management, followed by commerce, engineering and computer science, he said.

Editor of expatwoman.com, Gail Livingstone-Potter, said many coming here are just happy to have a job. While they had a large majority of members from the UK, Australia, South Africa and India, there had also recently been a rise in the number of Filipinos, expat Arabs and particularly Lebanese women.

The average age had also become younger, now 25, compared to 35 five years ago.

Sarah Young / 27 March 2013
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Where the jobs will be in 2020, industries and occupations to watch...
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