Developing and attracting top talents

The Global Talent Competitiveness Index is based on 48 different variables that can be divided into input and output variables. On the input side, the model measures what countries do to produce and acquire talent (for example, formal education and external openness). On the output side, the model measures what skills are available in a specific country (such as labour productivity and talent impact). The Netherlands ranked especially high on the input variables, suggesting that it is attractive for talented people to come here and develop themselves further.

International recognition for competitiveness

With its ranking as 6th on the index, the Netherlands surpassed many other European neighbours, such as Germany (16th) and France (20th).

The top 10 of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2013 includes:

  1. Switzerland

  2. Singapore

  3. Denmark

  4. Sweden

  5. Luxembourg

  6. The Netherlands

  7. United Kingdom

  8. Finland

  9. United States

  10. Iceland

International researchers in the Netherlands

Previous research has shown that the Netherlands remains an immensely popular destination for researchers from outside of the European Union. The technical universities in the Netherlands have proven to be particularly attractive for international researchers, with the majority based at the universities in Delft and Eindhoven.

Talented workforce

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is also home to a very broad talent pool. The city has a productive regional workforce drawing from 180 different nationalities, while 44% of the population has attended higher education institutions. Amsterdam also has the country’s highest density of knowledge workers and an increasing influx of workers from other EU countries, all facilitated by the services of the Expatcenter.

Eighty percent of the workforce speaks English, making Amsterdam the largest anglophone city in continental Europe. Ninety percent of the workforce speaks two or more languages. According to the World Talent Index, the Netherlands ranks fourth in the world for attracting and developing talent, surpassing every other country on the European continent.