Update on Application Trends


The trends highlighted by UK NARIC last year seem to be continuing.

The latest figures from UK NARIC and UK NCP confirm that the trend for increased mobility of citizens from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece and that the UK is experiencing an increase in the number of people expressing an interest in coming to the UK to work, practice or study.

UK NARIC Assessments
Country 2009 assmts 2009 rank 2010 assmts 2010 rank 2011 assmts 2011 rank 2012 assmts 2012 rank
Greece 118 46th 148 42nd 146 41st 305 29th
Italy 539 17th 593 18th 647 14th 785 11th
Portugal 210 36th 192 35th 225 34th 361 24th
Spain 541 16th 683 16th 766 12th 1305 6th
UK NCP Enquiries
Country 2009 enqs % of total 2010 enqs % of total 2011 enqs % of total 2012 enqs % of total
Greece  NA  NA 17 3.1% 8 2.9% 36 4.0%
Italy  NA  NA 42 8.6% 46 7.8% 82 10.0%
Portugal  NA  NA 15 3.5% 17 1.4% 33 4.4%
Spain  NA  NA 50 10.2% 81 13.7% 200 24.5%

Figures for 2009 for UK NCP are unavailable.

The data from UK NARIC and UK NCP show that there have been significant increases in assessments and enquiries:

Increases
Country UK NARIC% change2009 – 12 UK NCP% change2010 – 12
Greece + 158% + 112%
Italy + 45% + 95%
Portugal + 72% + 120%
Spain + 141% + 300%

The increases experienced by these countries far outstrips the performance of any other countries in the region.

Based on figures from 2009, 2010 and 2011 we have been able to model the demand for UK NARIC assessments in 2013.  The figures below are based on real application figures for the first quarter of 2013:

UK NARIC Assessments
Country Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Total 2013 Total Projected 2013 Projected v 2012 Real
Greece 37 21 29 87 320 105%
Italy 102 84 95 281 1033 132%
Portugal 27 55 52 134 493 137%
Spain 157 138 191 486 1787 137%

Conclusions

Data from UK NARIC and UK NCP shows that there has been a considerable increase in the number of assessments and enquiries from Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.  While this data does not definitely mean that the individuals submitting these requests do actually come to the UK to work, study or practice, there is a definite link between them.

The increases from Spain and Greece have been particularly noticeable and these may well be linked to the economic difficulties that these countries have been experiencing.

Whatever the reason, it does mean that employers, universities, colleges and professional bodies have a wider pool of highly qualified and highly talented individuals available to choose from.

 

Tim Buttress, June 2013


Further Trends from Western Europe


Further to the Application Trends from Western Europe, there are some interesting statistics which highlight the same points from the membership enquiries we receive.

Member Enquiries

Universities and Colleges make up over 66% of UK NARIC’s membership. Whilst the number of enquiries UK NARIC receives from members is significantly lower, it does give a stronger indication of the spread of applications being received.  The following two tables show how enquiries from Western Europe have changed over the past three years:

Country 2008 assmts 2008 rank 2009 assmts 2009 rank 2010 assmts 2010 rank 2011 assmts 2011 rank
Austria 31 74th 33 77th 41 73rd
Belgium 62 43rd 59 47th 69 50th
Denmark 34 72nd 37 69th 38 78th
Finland 42 58th 66 69th 34 80th
France 284 6th 311 6th 399 6th
Germany 278 7th 272 8th 223 11th
Greece 99 25th 105 27th 142 21st
Iceland 5 139th 5 145th 3 167th
Ireland 102 24th 68 41st 95 40th
Italy 158 15th 197 12th 205 14th
Luxembourg 2 167th 4 154th 1 190th
Malta 7 134th 14 106th 15 112th
Netherlands 93 30th 71 39th 98 37th
Norway 37 67th 26 81st 43 72nd
Portugal 84 32nd 87 32nd 134 23rd
Spain 168 14th 150 18th 213 14th
Sweden 43 55th 51 54th 45 69th
Switzerland 91 31st 120 21st 125 27th
UK 956 3rd 896 3rd 936 3rd
Total 2,576 2,572 2,859
Country 2009 2011 % change
Greece 99 142 + 43%
Ireland 102 95 – 7%
Italy 158 205 + 30%
Portugal 84 134 + 60%
Spain 168 213 + 27%
W. Europe Total 2,576 2,859 + 11%

2008 Figures are not currently available.

Conclusions

The membership enquiry and individual application figures from UK NARIC support reports that the economic troubles in certain countries within the Euro-zone mean that well qualified individuals are increasingly coming to the UK to work and / or study.

Those wishing to come to the UK to work, study or practice might find the following pages detailing how UK NARIC can help in Spanish, ItalianFrench, German, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Russian and Turkish useful.  An English version of the page is also available.

 

Tim Buttress, August 2012 (updated June 2013)