Indian Seekers Losing Jobs Interest In U.S.A, due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The number of searches looking for jobs in America has fallen at a significant rate, says Indeed, a global job portal. The United States has been the favorite destination for Indians looking for jobs overseas
However, America remains a favourite destination for Indians looking for employment opportunities overseas. As per the Indeed search data, job-related searches on the portal fell to 42 per cent in June 2020, and in January 2019, the searches stood at 58 percent.
“India is a unique market, not only in terms of its large and youthful labour pool but also in the way that it is woven into the global economy. It is one of the few countries in the world that has a very high rate of mobility,” said Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India.
“People from India are willing to work in different parts of the world and return home for opportunities as well. This two-way migration connects us to the global labour force and means India holds tremendous potential in terms of supplying the world’s talent,” he added.
For decades, the U.S. has been a favorite destination for Indians seekers for job opportunities. The ‘American dream’ has attracted young people to move from India to the States for better opportunities since way back in the ’60s.
The Indian-American community is considered to be one of the most affluent and educated in the US. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna are a few of the Indian-American personalities who have been immensely successful. They are seen as an inspiration for the youth who aspire to go to America to search for jobs or pursue higher studies.
Trump has been vocal about his policies that favour U.S. citizens under his “America First” policy. This led to a cut down in the number of work visas under the H-1B regime through various decisions.
According to a report, nearly 4.4 million people of Indian origin lived in the States in 2017, an increase of 38 percent when compared to 2010. This rate of growth may not continue due to Indian seekers losing interest in US. Many Indians are now looking to other countries to opt for studies and jobs.
Indian seekers losing interest in U.S jobs
The U.S. is facing its worst outbreak due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently the country recorded 4 million novel coronavirus cases, reflecting a rapid increase in the spread of infections. Community spread is at a peak in almost every state of the country.
The country took 98 days to reach 1 million cases; 3 million to 4 million cases recorded in just 16 days. The average number of cases in a single day is around 70 thousand, which suggests the virus is yet to be controlled.
Coronavirus has left a serious impact on job seekers in India. The introduction of hard immigration policies by Donald Trump has also left uncertainty among Indians working and studying in the US and job seekers and youth who aspire to go abroad for higher education.
The Trump administration has asked foreign students presently in the U.S. whose classes have shifted online to shift to classes taught on campus or leave the country. However, the government pulled this move back after lawsuits filed from students and backlash from prominent people.
Job losses in the States due to the pandemic soared to 40 million. These factors have resulted in reduced interest among Indians for jobs in the United States.
Indian jobseekers losing Interest in US, they are now searching for employment opportunities across the globe. Sectors such as technology, administration, management, sales, and consumer marketing receive the highest searches overall.
Over this period, searches regarding job opportunities in countries such as Canada, UAE, United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, and Qatar have increased significantly. Indeed, data reveals that in June, Canada reported 17 percent of searches, followed by the UAE at 13 percent then came the United Kingdom, which reported 10 percent searches.