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Data from LinkedIn shows EU to UK migration was net negative over the last year, and non-EU to UK migration was net positive. Germany represents the top net EU migration loss from the UK, followed by France, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Over the last year, US-UK migration shifted from a net loss to a net gain for the UK.

The migration of professionals from the EU to the UK over the last 12 months (March 16 2020 to March 16 2021) was net negative and is a trend that is accelerating, according to new data from LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. Over the same period, net non-EU migration into the UK was positive and steady.

LinkedIn’s UK Workforce Report shows that Germany represented the biggest net migration loss from the UK over the period, followed by France, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands respectively. Using January 2020 as a baseline for comparison, countries that were net migration gains for the UK in January 2020 such as Italy, Greece and Hungary have flipped into net migration losses over the course of the last year.

Mariano Mamertino, Senior Economist, EMEA at LinkedIn comments: LinkedIn’s data provides a unique and real-time snapshot into how the UK workforce is changing. When it comes to migration, we’re seeing two diverging trends: net migration losses for the UK with the rest of the EU, and net migration gains for the UK with non-EU countries. After an eventful and unprecedented last 12 months, including the shock of the pandemic and the UK’s exit from the EU, our report suggests these trends are accelerating.

This latest analysis also suggests that we’re currently witnessing a new wave of employees moving from non-EU countries and entering almost every industry sector in the UK. In particular, the Software & IT sector has seen the largest gain in workers who moved from non-EU countries as businesses across the UK have had to grapple with rapid digitalisation, brought about by the pandemic.”

The data also reveals a big shift in US-UK migration. In January 2020, more people moved from the UK to the US than the other way around. This trend has reversed over the last 12 months, with the US representing the fourth highest net gain for UK migration, just behind India, Nigeria and South Africa.

An analysis of different industries shows that in the last year there were net UK-EU migration losses across the board, while the opposite is true for non-EU countries. The Software and IT sector saw the largest gain in workers from non-EU countries.

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