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Questions like 'What sort of jobs are available in Houston', or 'What do developers get paid in London' are notoriously off-topic here.

My question is: where do those questions belong? Is there a suitable place online that I can pose these sort of questions, or do some research into how the market looks on the other side of the world?

With a medium-term plan to move internationally, it would be helpful to know what the potential job market might look like in my destination. Different technologies and vendor products are more popular in different regions, the relative pay rates vary dramatically, and skills required for different industries (technology, communications, manufacturing, marketing) are very diverse. This sort of information is very valuable.

Where can I find it?

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You'll get your info on www.glassdoor.com. Also try google.com/trends –  Nav Nov 8 '11 at 8:07
careers.stackoverflow.com might help ;) –  NWS Nov 24 '11 at 16:30
@NWS Not really. That gives an indication of which locations like to advertise on this site, but not much else. –  Kirk Broadhurst Nov 25 '11 at 13:12
@KirkBroadhurst True, although i said Might :) –  NWS Nov 25 '11 at 15:52

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In the past, I have used services like payscale to help with negotiating pay raises. Their data is not very transparent, and you keep getting nagged to sign up to their premium services, but their free service gives you a ballpark idea of where you sit on the payscale for your industry and location.

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CrunchBase is a tech focused database of companies that you can search using a variety of different criteria.

In addition, you can also take a look at Manta. It is similar to CrunchBase, but focused on smaller companies (which may or may not be tech oriented.)

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I will try to point some directions for answering. First of all, you need to find a site where programmers and developers reside. And in my knowledge, this is one site, others include different StackExchange sites, codeproject, msdn, and many more forums and communities for developers. Second, location specific concerns are a matter of social-networking site i.e. Facebook, orkut, +google and others.

Merging these two concerns, you will have what you want. But, As far as I know, there is no such website. So, in short, you have a great idea for a new website project or startup. Therefore, Best of Luck !!

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why the downvote ?? –  Pankaj Upadhyay Nov 8 '11 at 8:00
Some people love to downvote; no idea. –  Kirk Broadhurst Nov 8 '11 at 8:18
It wasn't my downvote, but I suspect it was the suggestion that stack exchange sites might be viable for this sort of question. As Kirk mentioned in his question, they are typically off-topic. I've yet to find a stack exchange site where this sort of question wouldn't be considered too local. –  Mark Booth Nov 9 '11 at 11:32

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