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Why Switzerland is still ranked top of the league for skilled workers

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Why Switzerland is still ranked top of the league for skilled workers
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Switzerland has maintained its first place in global talent competitiveness rankings released during the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. But why?

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The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) ranks Switzerland in the first place out of 132 nations surveyed.

The country earned the top spot for the eighth consecutive year, ever since the Index was launched in 2013 by the recruiting agency Adecco, INSEAD Business School, and Google.

 “Switzerland remains the outright leader in the GTCI by virtue of its strong performances in almost every dimension”, the study’s authors said.

The country got high scores in its ability to attract, enable, and retain skilled workers.

A good indication of its strong talent competitiveness across the board is that it placed well with respect to vocational and technical skills, as well as lifelong learning and sustainability.

The US and Singapore follow in the second and third places, respectively. But seven out of 10 top countries are in Europe: Sweden (4), Denmark (5), Netherlands (6), Finland (7), Luxembourg (8), and Norway (9).

However, Switzerland did not do as well in terms of gender equality and tolerance of minorities and immigrants, the study noted.

In the overall ranking of the competitiveness of 155 individual cities, Zurich is in the 17th place, scoring highly in terms of advanced technologies, including fintech and medtech. 

Geneva, in the 34th place, does well in areas such as environment and safety. 

New York tops the city ranking, followed by London, Singapore, San Francisco and Boston.

Switzerland also clinched the top spot in an earlier international survey of countries most attractive to skilled workers. 

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