Canada is 6th best country in the world to attract top talent: report

Nov 21 2018, 3:56 pm

As tech companies like Apple, Uber, Shopify and Hootsuite continue to set up offices in Canada, it comes as no surprise that our country is recognized as one of the top countries in the world for attracting top talent.

According to the fifth annual World Talent Ranking report published by IMD Business School, Canada is now ranked as one of the top 10 countries in the world for fostering and attracting talent.

Switzerland once again clinched the top spot in the global survey, followed by Denmark, Norway, Austria and the Netherlands respectively.

Canada, which ranked in sixth place this year, was the only non-European nation to make the top 10 and was followed by Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg and Germany.

Since the report’s first publication in 2014, the Talent Ranking assesses how the 63 economies IMD Business School studies develop, attract and retain highly-skilled professionals, says Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center.

“Cultivating a skilled and educated workforce is crucial to strengthening competitiveness and achieving long-term prosperity, particularly in the current dynamic landscape where artificial intelligence, robotics and other new technologies constantly redefine the challenges that governments, businesses and society in general will have to face in the future,” said Bris.

The ranking evaluates the capability of 63 countries in developing, attracting and retaining talent.

The assessment is then based on three factors: Investment and Development, Appeal, and Readiness.

These factors include indicators that capture the resources invested in developing local talent, the extent to which a country attracts and retains talent, and the quality of skills available in the talent pool.

Canada Overall Performance/IMD

Canada Overall Performance/IMD

“Canada is the only non-European country in the top ten, rising from 11th place, lifted by an improvement in the quality of its talent pool,” reads the report.

Canada’s southern cousin the US ranked 12th, which is an improvement from last year thanks to improvements in all three talent factors.

“This year the most successful countries in talent competitiveness are mainly European, mid-size economies. Moreover, these countries share high levels of investment in education and quality of life,” concludes Arturo Bris.

World Talent Ranking Top 10

  1. Switzerland
  2. Denmark
  3. Norway
  4. Austria
  5. Netherlands
  6. Canada
  7. Finland
  8. Sweden
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Germany

The full 2018 report can be found here.

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