It is starting to look easier and much more profitable to look for work abroad as South Africans continue to fill the global job market. This coincides with an increase in people leaving their jobs in search of greener pastures.

According to a recent survey by Old Mutual Remchannel, 34% of job turnover between June 2021 and June 2022 was due to resignation. We look at some of the reasons for this

Remote work is attracting more people around the world

Although hundreds of South African companies have downsized and switched to telecommuting, many companies still want workers to return to the 9 to 5. Increasingly available overseas positions have become even more attractive to South Africans trying to break away from work practices that date back to the 1940s.

Given South Africa’s growing unemployment crisis, all roads lead to overseas and remote work.

Job seekers are increasingly looking for opportunities to work at home or abroad. Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty images via AFP

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According to CNBC, the number of jobs in the United States grew three times last November than before the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a CareerBuild survey, job seekers are 7 times more likely to apply for jobs that offer telecommuting or flexible work hours. Demand for jobs in transportation, healthcare, and sales has gone from a minority to the majority of job postings.

Dialers needed abroad

A major global auditing firm known as The South African is currently on a massive hiring spree, poaching at least 10 highly skilled South African employees from just one of its main competitors in the country. They are not the only ones mining labor gold in the South African labor market.

Working abroad is becoming more and more affordable. Australia, New Zealand and Canada are the top three importers of South African talent, according to the United Nations World Migration Report.

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The reverse side of the rise

The recently published African Youth Survey revealed that there is a growing number of young Africans who want to leave Africa to work abroad.

Despite worsening working conditions in poorer countries, some academics say the export of skilled workers from developing countries has harmful effects. A study by the University of Malawi is alarming that, for example, the mass recruitment of Malawian nurses has worsened the shortage of health personnel in that country.

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