Finding a job abroad: a digest of useful materials for potential IT expats

    The question of finding a job abroad in the current unstable economic situation in Russia is facing many IT specialists quite acutely. A recent survey by Innopolis City Hall and the HeadHunter recruitment portal showed that about 13% of Russian IT professionals are ready to become “labor migrants.” But is it so easy to find a job abroad and is it so much “better” than “here” - in order to deal with this I studied a lot of interesting materials. I will not advertise my opinion, I’d better share a useful digest of materials about finding work in different countries and solving problems and questions that arise along the way.

    Which country to choose?

    A survey of Innopolis and HeadHunter identified the TOP of the "dream country." The leaders in the list are the USA, Germany and Canada. The most common reasons for moving are the desire to receive higher wages and grow in service, as well as the desire to improve one's own standard of living or the social and living conditions of the family.

    People from Russia and the CIS countries often draw up their own ratings of the countries most attractive for moving. If thoughts about moving more and more often, but there are no concrete ideas about exactly where to emigrate, you can take a closer look at the following countries:


    One of the most popular areas of labor migration for IT professionals is Germany. The reason for the increased attention of people moving to this country is the high demand for IT specialists and a simplified system for obtaining a residence permit for highly qualified specialists.

    Here are some guides for moving to this country:

    With the support of the German government, the useful website Make It Germany was launched with general recommendations for people moving.


    Migrant IT specialists formally ceased to be in demand in Canada: IT specialties were excluded from the list of the state-owned migration program “Qualified Specialist”. However, despite the difficulties in finding a job, domestic IT specialists choose Canada to move, trying to increase income and improve living standards.

    You can find out about the features of the labor market in the IT field in the country of maple leaf in the blog of Konstantin Izmestyev How to live in Canada? " . A lot of useful information can be found in the blog of domestic expatriates Leaveforcanada .

    A detailed guide on preparing to enter the country " How to move to live in Canada " is on wikiHow - this material will be useful to everyone who has reached the stage of collecting documents.


    Over the past ten years, demand for qualified IT professionals in the Netherlands has remained one of the highest in Europe. Experts note a huge number of relevant vacancies for IT professionals in the Dutch labor market. Those who value home comfort, urban amenities and a rich cultural life (and no, we are not talking not only about the red light district and coffee shops) are moving here.


    Norway regularly tops the rankings of the countries with the best living conditions thanks to economic prosperity and successful social policies of the government. Labor immigration to Norway is not an easy task, but IT specialists are in high demand in the local labor market.

    Useful resources for those who are thinking about labor emigration to the Scandinavian kingdom:


    The United States leads the list of countries most attractive to CIS IT professionals. Domestic IT professionals are attracted by a decent standard of living and one of the highest salary levels in the world. So, “managers of computer and information systems” are included in the TOP 25 of the highest paid specialists in the United States. However, most companies provide work only to those who have already managed to obtain permission to work in the country. Jobs in the United States can be a daunting task even for a highly skilled migrant.

    Some useful resources for those who decide to follow the "American Dream":

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