Skilled Labor Flees Greece for UK, US, and Germany
The damage done in Greece over the past few years is so extensive it is hard to quantify. One of the most troublesome developments when thinking how Greeks can recover is the rapidly growing shortage of people to do that job.
A recent study of job search data for Greek users in the first half of July shows 32% of searches were for jobs outside Greece. This is almost twice the share in the comparative period a year earlier and over three times the global average.
Out of 21 broad employment categories, over 50% of job searches were for outside the country in eight categories, compared to three a year ago.
Even more troubling is the type of workers looking outside: educators, architects, computer scientists and similar highly skilled workers.
The top destinations for Greece-based job searches abroad are the UK, the U.S., and Germany.
These statistics are contained in a detailed overview of the Greek search situation in ere media, an online recruiting authority.
With the loss of such highly educated people, the huge challenge of reconstruction at a time of punitive austerity measures presents a bleak outlook. And near-term relief is hard to see.
Consider computer and engineering. There is a strong demand for these skills across the globe, so workers in these groups, once they start looking abroad, are likely to find opportunities to leave Greece.
And once settled, it may be a long time before the opportunity to return home atttracts them.