Working abroad: The top destinations for IT jobseekers
Although the recession has affected most of the developed world, some industries are faring better in some countries than others. This means that many jobseekers are opting to move abroad for their career. Although the UK has some tremendous accomplishments to its name, such as the world’s first working television, the internet, the commercial electrical telegraph and the jet engine, if you’re on the lookout for work in technology some nations may be better than the UK for IT jobs.
The Nordic countries are a good bet for IT jobs, with Finland arguably being the most technologically-oriented country on the planet. In 2010 Finland ranked the best country in the world for quality of life, political environment, education, economic dynamism and health, and it’s well known for technology projects, especially as it is home to the mobile phone giant Nokia.
America is often thought of as the best place in the world, and while it may not be as good as Finland for certain aspects of technology, it’s still a strong country in IT, particularly as it has been a leader of technological innovation and scientific research since the late 19th century. Any nation that’s home to NASA has to be spending serious money on technology, and the government is investing heavily in technological development that has meant breakthroughs in computing and biotechnology. The US may be the best country to go to if you want to pursue a career in software development.
One of the other biggest names for technology is Japan, widely known for its advancements in robotics and consumer electronics. Japan is actually one of the leading countries in scientific research, medical research, machinery and technology, evidenced by it having the third-largest budget in the world for research and development.
More surprising than those above, Sweden is also a great country for technology, as it sets aside about four per cent of its GDP to research and development, and the country tops comparative European statistics for research investments as a percentage of GDP and the number of published scientific works per capita. While the nation may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of technology leaders, jobseekers could certainly do worse than opting for a career there.
The Republic of Korea is another excellent country for technology, with its envious accomplishments in electronics, automobiles and robotics – the world’s second walking human robot-HUBO was made in Korea, and the country has a goal of having a robot in every house in the world. In addition to that, its broadband speed, nearly three times faster than the USA, is the best in the world.
Asia may be the dominant force in technology now, but The Netherlands can give it a run for its money with its development of computers, telecommunication systems, and numerous other technological products. Holland is also a crucial player in the European Space Agency, and is responsible for such inventions as the telescope, pendulum clock, CD, microscope and artificial kidney.
Not be outdone by its southern neighbour, Canada is also a strong technological country, with the government allocating 1.8 per cent of the GDP to research and development. In 2007 Canada launched the Science, Technology and Innovation Council to improve the lives of Canadians with technology. The country is also investing in technology and science to build a stronger economy and create more jobs, which is enticing for any jobseeker loving to move abroad for their career.
Singapore is another Asian nation that is helping to lead the way into tomorrow, and is ranked among the top ten most open competitive and innovation nations in the world. Again, this is an attractive option for anyone seeking to pursue a career in a foreign country.
While this list is in no way comprehensive, it does show that although the UK is a strong country for technological development, it isn’t the only option.