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The UK is the number one destination for all international movers into the European tech ecosystem, but it is closely followed now by Germany and then France.

Top 10 European destinations for all international movers into European tech in 2018

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  • Top 10 Destinations - 2018
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All interpretations of the LinkedIn data are made by Atomico, not LinkedIn. A 'mover' is defined by LinkedIn as somebody now working in the tech industry that has moved country or industry sector for their primary employment between 2018 and 2017.

For additional context, it is worth analysing a similar dataset covering tech talent movement in 2017 provided by LinkedIn for last year’s State of European Tech.

Top 10 European destinations for all international movers into European tech in 2017

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  • Comparison to Similar Data from SOET 2017
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All interpretations of the LinkedIn data are made by Atomico, not LinkedIn. A ‘mover’ is defined by LinkedIn as someone now working in the tech industry that has moved country for their primary employment between 2017 & 2016. Belgium not provided in 2017.

Germany and UK are now the joint top destinations for migratory tech talent moving within the European tech industry.

Migrant talent in European tech

14.6%
The same % of all-intra European movers within the European tech industry end in either Germany or the UK as their destination country.

Looking more closely at just intra-European migratory tech talent moving within the region, Germany is now the joint #1 destination together with the UK.

Top 10 European destinations for intra-European movers within European tech industry in 2018

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  • Top 10 destinations in 2018
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All interpretations of the LinkedIn data are made by Atomico, not LinkedIn. A 'mover' is defined by LinkedIn as somebody now working in the tech industry that has moved country or industry sector for their primary employment between 2018 and 2017.

For additional context, it is worth analysing a similar dataset covering tech talent movement in 2017 provided by LinkedIn for last year’s State of European Tech.

Top 10 European destinations for intra-European movers within European tech industry in 2017

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  • Comparison to Similar Data from SOET 2017
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All interpretations of the LinkedIn data are made by Atomico, not LinkedIn. A ‘mover’ is defined by LinkedIn as someone now working in the tech industry that has moved country for their primary employment between 2017 & 2016. Italy not provided in 2017.

The UK, DACH and Nordics have been net importers of European tech talent while all other regions have experienced talent outflows.

Share of total intra-European inbound and outbound talent by region

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  • Share of total intra-European inbound flow (%)
  • Share of total intra-European outbound flow (%)
  • Difference in percentage points
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Included only respondents whose nationality and current country of residence are different but both European. Therefore, movement within a region is included in both inflow and outflow of the region.

The US is the largest destination of European tech talent moving outside of the region, but other destinations are now important too, such as Canada and Australia.

Top 10 non-European destinations for European movers out of European tech in 2018

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  • Top 10 Destinations - 2018
Note:
All interpretations of the LinkedIn data are made by Atomico, not LinkedIn. A 'mover' is defined by LinkedIn as somebody now working in the tech industry that has moved country or industry sector for their primary employment between 2018 and 2017.

For additional context, it is worth analysing a similar dataset covering tech talent movement in 2017 provided by LinkedIn for last year’s State of European Tech.

Top 10 non-European destinations for European movers out of European tech in 2017

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  • Comparison to Similar Data from SOET 2017
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All interpretations of the LinkedIn data are made by Atomico, not LinkedIn. A ‘mover’ is defined by LinkedIn as somebody now working in the tech industry that has moved country for their primary employment between 2017 and 2016.

India and the US account for more than 50% of the non-European talent moving into the European tech industry.

Top 10 non-European source countries for movers into the European tech industry

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All interpretations of the LinkedIn data are made by Atomico, not LinkedIn. A 'mover' is defined by LinkedIn as somebody now working in the tech industry that has moved country or industry sector for their primary employment between 2018 and 2017.

India and the US are more important sources of migratory talent moving into and within the European tech industry than any single European source country.

Top 10 source countries for all movers into and within the European tech industry

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All interpretations of the LinkedIn data are made by Atomico, not LinkedIn. A 'mover' is defined by LinkedIn as somebody now working in the tech industry that has moved country or industry sector for their primary employment between 2018 and 2017.

The European talent pools searching for 'software engineer' job postings are overwhelmingly looking for jobs at home or in Europe.

Share of searches for 'software engineer' by U.K. French and German ip addresses

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  • Domestic job postings
  • European job postings
  • US job postings
  • Rest of world job postings
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The data includes both English and local translations for 'software' & 'engineer'. For example, for France it is based on searches containing 'software' & 'engineer' OR 'ingénieur' & 'logiciel'.

The UK has seen a huge increase in the % of software engineer job postings that are defined as 'hard to fill'.

Competition for talent

42%
increase year-on-year in the % of software engineer job postings in the UK that are hard to fill, i.e. are posted for longer than 60 days in Indeed's UK job site

As every company becomes a software company and the need for software engineers and other tech roles continues to grow, it will be even more crucial for companies of all sizes look to solutions that will help them hire quality candidates and to close the talent gap in tech.

People want to work at a company that has a mission they believe in. No longer is talent just driven by compensation. Though we still see that salary is a key factor candidates consider when evaluating an offer, we also see candidates caring more about job location, work flexibility, a good work environment, and meaningful work. As every company becomes a software company and the need for software engineers and other tech roles continues to grow, it will be even more crucial for companies of all sizes look to solutions that will help them hire quality candidates and to close the talent gap in tech.

Raj Mukherjee

Indeed

Europe is growing as a destination of choice for US software engineers searching for software engineer roles overseas, and now accounts for more than 20% of all cross-border searches, up 20% compared with 2017.

European share (%) of US-originated cross-border searches containing 'software' and 'engineer'

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  • Share of US-originated cross-border searches (%)

The UK is the clear destination country of choice for US software engineers searching for potential job postings in the European tech ecosystem.

% share by destination country of US.-originated cross-border searches containing 'software' and 'engineer'

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  • 2018
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