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Top 20 Most Talent-Competitive Economies In The World For 2018


The United States climbed four spots to 12th place in attracting and fostering talent, according to a global study by the Switzerland-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD Business School), while the top slot has been retained by the Alpine nation – Switzerland. It is followed by Denmark, Norway, Austria and the Netherlands in the top five.

At sixth place, Canada is the only non-European nation in the top 10, which also includes Finland (7th), Sweden (8th), Luxembourg (9th), and Germany (10th). The United States (12th) achieved the best placements in Indo-Pacific in terms of talent competitiveness, its position was ahead of Singapore, which was ranked 13th and Australia, which took the 14th place.

The ranking is based on countries’ performance in three main categories: Investment and development, appeal and readiness. The three categories assess how countries perform in a wide range of areas. These include education, apprenticeships, workplace training, language skills, cost of living, quality of life, remuneration and tax rates. The Slovak Republic (59th), Colombia (60th), Mexico (61st), Mongolia (62nd), and Venezuela (63rd) are the last countries in the ranking.

Top 20 most talent-competitive economies in the World for 2018

  1. Switzerland
  2. Denmark
  3. Norway
  4. Austria
  5. Netherlands
  6. Canada
  7. Finland
  8. Sweden
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Germany
  11. Belgium
  12. United States
  13. Singapore
  14. Australia
  15. Cyprus
  16. Iceland
  17. Portugal
  18. Hong Kong
  19. Israel
  20. New Zealand

Infographic top 20 most talent-competitive economies in the World for 2018:

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Megan Batchelor
Executive features editor at The CEOWORLD magazine and lover of reality TV. I eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.