Switzerland maintains top rank in 2023’s Global Talent Competitiveness Index
13 November 2023
Switzerland maintains its lead in the 2023 Global Talent Competitiveness Index, excelling globally in nurturing, attracting, and preserving talent.
Switzerland has once again emerged as the global leader in talent competitiveness, securing the top position in the 2023 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI). This remarkable achievement underscores the nation’s unwavering commitment to fostering an environment that attracts, nurtures, and retains the world’s best talents. The GTCI, an authoritative annual benchmarking report published by INSEAD in partnership with Descartes Institute for the Future and the Human Capital Leadership Institute, evaluates countries across the globe on their ability to grow and harness talent, a crucial factor in driving innovation and economic growth. With this continuous recognition, Switzerland reaffirms its status as an innovation powerhouse and a leading destination for global talent.
European countries continue to dominate the top rankings, with 17 of them featured in the Top 25. This year’s index sees some notable changes, with Japan dropping out of the Top 25, replaced by South Korea. The United Arab Emirates has also climbed up in the rankings, moving from 25th to 22nd. The presence of countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Israel in the top 25 reflects a global mix of traditional innovation powerhouses and emerging contenders.
Reflecting on a decade of data, the GTCI report highlights that eight of the top ten countries in 2023 were also in the inaugural top ten in 2013, indicating a consistency in the global talent landscape. However, emerging economies like China, Indonesia, Mexico, and Brazil have shown significant improvement over the decade, moving up the rankings and enhancing their global talent competitiveness.
The increasing importance of talent competitiveness
The report, titled “What a difference ten years make – and what to expect for the next decade,” presents six predictions for the future of talent competition. These include the increasing importance of talent competitiveness for national competitiveness and innovation, fiercer talent competition due to uncertainties and international tensions, and the transformation of the world of work driven by new economic models and technologies like AI. It also emphasizes the role of cities and regions in pioneering new talent strategies, the cruciality of global talent-focused policies, and the continued importance of skills and education.
The findings of the GTCI 2023 serve as a reminder of the evolving landscape of global talent competition and the need for nations and organizations to adapt to these changes. With talent being a key driver of innovation and economic growth, countries must focus on strategies to not only attract but also retain and nurture talent to maintain their competitive edge in the global arena.
Switzerland, a global hub for talent and innovation
Switzerland’s consistent top ranking in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index is a testament to its excellence in creating a nurturing environment for talent across various sectors. This achievement not only highlights the country’s robust educational system, innovative business landscape, and effective public policies but also positions Switzerland as a global hub for talent and innovation.