Local hiring means passing the torch, not extinction of expat jobs

A burning torch. The relationship between international and local staff is changing from teacher/student to mentor/mentee. Photo by: Vivek Chugh

The expat era isn’t dead, it’s just different.

“When I started seven years ago, 90 percent of my time was spent finding expats to fill long-term positions on projects and proposals,” said Leland Howard, a senior recruiter for Abt Associates. “Now almost all of my recruiting is local or regional.”

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