The UK's vote to leave the European Union has resulted in spike in the number of UK citizens looking for work abroad, according to job site Indeed.
After the result of the EU referendum was announced in the early hours on Friday morning, Indeed says the number of job searches out of the UK doubled as a share of all searches.
The UK’s loss could be Ireland’s gain, as it tops the league of countries UK jobseekers are searching for. Job search for roles in Ireland rose by more than double. Job search traffic also increased from EU countries to Ireland, at the expense of usual EU to UK job search traffic.
The top searches from the UK to Ireland were for sectors including: Marketing, HR, engineering, transport and retail. Searches by UK job seekers to other European countries also include roles in hospitality and finance sectors.
There is a striking resemblance in this trend compared to 2015's Greek referendum: the share of Greek jobseekers looking for opportunity outside of Greece also doubled in the days following the announcement of a referendum on the EU's proposed bailout package in July last year.
Mariano Mamertino, economist for EMEA at job site Indeed, said: "Last week the majority of British citizens voted to exit the European Union, but quickly thereafter many UK-based jobseekers started a vote of their own: they jumped online to look for work elsewhere. Using Indeed data, we see the share of jobseekers looking for opportunities outside of the UK in European countries doubling in the 48 hours that followed the announcement of a Brexit.
"Most jobseekers looked to the very countries of the European Union that Britain will be leaving, with Ireland attracting the most searches. But job search didn't just stay in Europe, as UK-based job search rose 73% for the rest of the world too, to countries like the US and Australia."
He added: "Cities like Dublin and Berlin are increasingly becoming talent magnet cities to EU jobseekers - attracting attention on account of being in great locations, offering a good quality of life, and crucially - a lower cost of living when compared to cities like London.
"UK employers have historically benefitted from the ability to recruit talent from overseas, and many Britons have seized the opportunity to live and work in other EU countries. While it's unlikely that the shutters will suddenly be brought down on the English Channel, the free movement of workers has clear economic benefits - and it's essential that British businesses can continue to be able to get the people they need to fill the jobs available. What is clear from this data, is that if Brexit is allowed to interrupt the flow of talent to the UK, Britain's loss will be Ireland's gain if skilled workers are lured by its dynamic and English-speaking labour market."