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Germany - Second most sought-after destination in Europe for top talent

22 November 2011

12% of highly qualified professionals and managers in Europe left their countries of origin between March 2010 and March 2011 in order to pursue their careers in another country. Almost one fifth (18%) chose Germany, according to a new report published by research firm OMIS on behalf of Experteer, the career services provider for senior professionals.

Despite the fact that Germany finds it difficult to attract lower and middle managers from abroad, the country is doing very well at the top end of the market. 68% of immigrant highly qualified professionals and managers have more than five years of professional experience and more than 70% are educated to Doctorate level. 30% are senior managers.

86% of immigrant highly qualified professionals and managers in Germany earn more than 80,000 Euro per annum. 20% earn more than 150,000 Euro per annum.

At the other end of the spectrum, only 8% of German highly qualified professionals and managers left the country between March 2010 and March 2011 in order to work abroad. The country therefore has a net talent import level of 29%, topped only by Switzerland. In 2009, Germany's net talent import level was still only 10%.

The majority of immigrant highly qualified professionals and managers come from the US (9.9%), Switzerland (9.9%), the United Kingdom (8.8%) and France (6%).

The car industry is the most attractive sector for internationally migrating highly qualified professionals and managers. 33% of internationally mobile top talent in the industry moved to Germany between March 2010 and March 2011.

In general, the research reveals that the vast majority of immigrant highly qualified professionals and managers in Europe originate from directly neighbouring countries.

Experteer Founder, Dr. Christian Göttsch, commented "Germany's economic stability combined with its excellent working conditions continue to attract highly qualified job seekers from other countries. Germany is therefore well prepared for the international war for talent."

To see a map with percentages of the origins of immigrants to Germany, please click here
 

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