Developing and attracting taleny

The Netherlands among the world’s most “talent-ready” countries, For this index, the business school ranked more than 100 countries around the world according to human capital and its connection to their competitiveness.

This second edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index is based on 65 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 openness to external talent). On the output side, the model measures what skills are available in a specific country (such as labour productivity and talent impact). The Netherlands’ scores are fairly balanced across the input and output sub-indexes, and it scores first on growing talent. According to the report, this is due to a strong combination of formal education, lifelong learning and access to growth opportunities.

International recognition for competitiveness

European countries dominate the top rankings with 16 out of 25. Switzerland has maintained its first position on the overall ranking. Coming 12th on the index, the Netherlands surpasses many other European neighbours, for instance Germany (14th) and France (23). 

Talented workforce

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is home to a very broad talent pool. The city has a productive regional workforce drawing from around 180 different nationalities, while 44% of the population have 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, often facilitated by the services of the Expatcenter. Eighty percent of the workforce speak English, making Amsterdam the largest Anglophone city in continental Europe. Ninety percent of the workforce speak 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.