MBA hiring trends - Global Overview 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 1am

Around the world, the demand for MBA graduates has risen by 13% between 2015 and 2016 – a level of growth which comes close to replicating the 14% figure seen in the previous edition of this report and stands ahead of the 11% forecast we made last year. Surpassing expectations this year has been
the growth in new opportunities on offer in the US & Canada, a region which has now backed up the bumper year of growth it saw last year, when MBA demand rose by 26%.

However, it is employers in Latin America which report the year’s highest growth figure and a startling recovery on the mere 1% figure the region witnessed last year, reaffirming the value of the qualification in the region. In this, Latin America seems certain to have been buoyed by the international
attention centered on Brazil this year, as Rio de Janeiro hosted the Summer Olympics. Asia-Pacific has continued to defy predictions of a slowdown
to the pace of its growth in MBA demand, while hiring in anticipated this time last year.

Conversely, the healthy rise in new opportunities open to MBAs in Eastern Europe hasn’t quite lived up to the high expectations our employer respondents placed in the region last year. Even so, perhaps the year’s only negative note is the stagnancy reported across the Middle East & Africa this year, which has been slightly worse than was feared.

Aside from Western Europe and the Middle East & Africa, the rise of MBA demand has been relatively consistent, wavering no more than five percentage points from the global average in both mature and emerging markets. This showcases the qualification’s continuing appeal no matter where in the world you find yourself.

Western Europe has been better than was The world’s top 20 countries for MBA demand, 2016/17 The table shows the 20 countries in which we found the highest volume of MBA job opportunities on offer. In this assessment, larger countries will invariably perform better than those with smaller populations yet it’s notable that all regions of the world are represented in this top 20, even tho which experienced underwhelming growth over the past year.

The US continues to lead the way as the world’s biggest market for MBA graduates, with its North American neighbor, Canada, nestled safely within the
top five. Five countries in Europe make the top 20, three of which can be found in the more mature markets of Western Europe and two of which can be found in Eastern Europe and its more emerging appetite for holders of the degree.

Asia-Pacific has even more representatives than Europe, with six. These include India – the world’s second-biggest market for MBAs - Singapore and China.  

Among Latin America’s three representatives is the region’s most populous nation and third-biggest market for MBA jobs, Brazil. Meanwhile, UAE and Saudi Arabia are the Middle East & Africa’s highest-placing nations for the size of their MBA employment markets, in seventh and eighth position,  respectively.

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