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Singapore takes second place for talent competitiveness

Singapore takes second place for talent competitiveness

When it comes to growing, attracting, and retaining talent, Singapore continues to make it's mark globally.

According to INSEAD's 2017 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), the Lion City was found to be the second most competitive among the 100 countries analysed.

The top spot was taken by Switzerland, while the United Kingdom and the United States rank third and fourth respectively, with Sweden rounding up the top five. Only one other APAC country made it to the top 10 - Australia, ranked sixth.

Malaysia rose two places to be ranked 28th this year, while China slipped slightly, moving from 48th last year to 54th this year.

However, the report noted that China still outperforms other BRICS countries, with Russia, South Africa, Brazil and India rank 56th, 67th, 81st and 92nd respectively.

Produced in partnership with The Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore (HCLI), the GTCI is an annual benchmarking report that measures the ability of countries to compete for talent.

The report measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent, providing a resource for decision makers to develop strategies for boosting their talent competitiveness.

With the theme "Talent and Technology: Shaping the Future of Work", the 2017 report delved into the effects of technological change on talent competitiveness, arguing that while jobs at all levels continue to be replaced by machines, technology is also creating new opportunities.

Here are the top 10 countries in the 2017 Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2017:

1. Switzerland

2. Singapore

3. United Kingdom

4. United States

5. Sweden

6. Australia

7. Luxembourg

8. Denmark

9. Finland

10. Norway

"High ranking countries share key traits, including educational systems that meet the needs of the economy, employment policies that favour flexibility, mobility and entrepreneurship, and high connectedness of stakeholders in business and government," the report pointed out.

Bruno Lanvin, executive director of global indices at INSEAD, and co-editor of the report, commented: "Technology is changing the ways we live and work, though not always in a spectacular fashion: the emergence of a ubiquitous internet, connected objects (e.g. self-driven cars), and virtual teams working from remote locations on a daily basis has been progressive and almost 'invisible'. This is one of the reasons why they are affecting the world of work so deeply. Yet, to paraphrase Mark Twain, 'news about the death of work have been largely exaggerated': talent readiness and talent competitiveness will largely determine which economies will be leading in the race to turn technological advances into job creation."

GTCI 2017 Infographic

GTCI 2017 Infographic 2

Photo / iStock

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