Fontainebleau - Switzerland again heads up the Global Talent Competitiveness Index by INSEAD. As such, it is the top-ranked country for developing, attracting and retaining talent. In this regard, Zurich is ranked among the three most effective cities in the world.

Among all the countries surveyed worldwide, Switzerland is the most attractive and competitive for talent. This is a finding from the Global Talent Competitiveness Index by INSEAD, which is one of the world’s largest business schools. The report was jointly produced in conjunction with the Washington-based Portulan Institute and the Human Capital Leadership Institute from Singapore. 

The annually published report measures how countries and cities develop, attract and retain talent. The current edition covers 133 countries and 175 cities from 79 economies in all income groups. In 2022, Switzerland and Singapore have been able to “firmly retain” their leading positions, according to the press release. Denmark has climbed into the top three for the first time, leaving the USA trailing in its wake in the process. It is followed by Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Australia, and the UK.

Switzerland remains most attractive country in the world for talents

Among the most competitive cities for talent, Zurich ranks 3rd behind San Francisco and Boston. Elsewhere in Switzerland, Lausanne takes 5th spot, with Geneva in 7th place. The top-ranked cities could assume pioneering roles in attempts to reduce inequalities provided that they have the right talent strategies in place, according to INSEAD.

As the report states, the world is drifting further apart in terms of comparable conditions for talent. This applies in particular to the way in which countries empower talent and promote their skills. The increasing gap between poorer and richer countries is clear, as it is between the sexes too. Educational and structural reforms are required in order to prevent any further drift and to achieve sustainability goals.

Top 10 Cities INSEAD Global Talent Index 2022
Top 10 cities for talent. Source: Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2022, INSEAD.

Top talent finds a home in Greater Zurich

Top talent finds a home in Greater Zurich

Switzerland and particularly the Greater Zurich Area belong to the world's most appealing locations for attracting, retaining, and developing talent. This is thanks to key factors like the excellent Swiss education system, the country’s cosmopolitan attitude, attractive conditions for employees and employers, social mobility, and the high quality of life.

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