A global leader for talent competitiveness

The Netherlands has been named as one of the world’s best countries for talent competitiveness. It claimed eighth place in graduate business school INSEAD’s Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2019which ranks countries by talent competitiveness. Switzerland, Singapore and the US took the first three positions, while the UK, Luxembourg and New Zealand followed the Netherlands. Yemen came in last place at 125th, below the Congo and Burundi.

The 2019 report studied how entrepreneurial talent is encouraged, nurtured and developed around the globe, and its influence on competitiveness. The report’s top-ranking countries are typically the most welcoming of entrepreneurial talent, which is deeply influenced by globalisation and digitalisation. The Netherlands was ranked in first place in the report for its professional management, and also ranked in the top three for its utilisation of technology, the quality of its business schools and innovation output.  The report also revealed that talent issues have become a common challenge for firms, cities and countries, impacting prosperity and growth.

Bruno Lanvin, INSEAD’s executive director of global indices and one of the report’s editors, observed that only two non-European countries, Singapore and the US, placed in its top ten positions. He said: “This underlines that Europe remains a talent powerhouse, but also that countries with great universities and a strong education sector are best at attracting talents.” He also warned that high-ranking countries must stay open and innovative to remain leaders.

Amsterdam and the Netherlands continue to excel in global rankings

Amsterdam and the Netherlands have performed strongly in recent rankings. Amsterdam was named as one of the greenest capital cities in Europe, according to a new report by price comparison website Compare the Market, and the city was ranked as one of the world’s best cities for quality of life by multinational HR consultants Mercer. Amsterdam and the Netherlands also excelled in business rankings in 2018, with the city being named as the world’s healthiest in one survey.

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