Americans hit NZ recruitment website

Americans are hitting a New Zealand recruitment agency website in droves one day after the election made Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States. Photo / Michael Cunningham.
Americans are hitting a New Zealand recruitment agency website in droves one day after the election made Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States. Photo / Michael Cunningham.

The number of Americans exploring a New Zealand recruitment website increased a whopping 146 per cent, just one day after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

Beyond Recruitment attracts 30,000 visits every month and Kiwis are the highest source of traffic.

However, chief executive Liza Viz said visitors from the States jumped to the second highest yesterday with the massive 146 per cent increase in just one day.

"This increase in interest in website visitors from the USA isn't surprising based on the shock results coming out of the United States," Viz said.

"Donald Trump being elected as the 45th President has obviously upset a large number of people to such a point where they're seriously exploring life in another country."

Viz said New Zealand needed skilled migrants.

"Skilled candidates from the United States would be welcomed in New Zealand, especially in areas where we are experiencing consistent skills shortages such as IT and transformation, and construction and engineering."

At the same time the Google search "move to New Zealand" skyrocketed, as people living in Oregon, Washington and Florida keyed in the phrase.

Thousands of Americans also flooded to realestate.co.nz to look at homes for sale in New Zealand, with the top five areas searched being Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, Northland and Otago.

US-based traffic to the website was up 432 per cent compared to November 9 last year.

CEO Brendon Skipper said the US jumped into second place ahead of Australia in terms of visitor numbers on election night.

"While we are not expecting a mass exodus to New Zealand, it will be interesting to see how the trends play out over the coming months as Trump settles in."

California generated the most traffic to realestate.co.nz followed by Texas, Florida, New York and Washington.

- NZ Herald

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