The GTCI report is published annually by INSEAD, the Business School for the World, in partnership with Portulans Institute. The report is a comprehensive annual benchmarking report that measures how countries and cities grow, attract and retain talent. It provides a unique resource for decision makers to understand the global talent competitiveness picture and develop strategies for to boost their competitiveness. The 2021 report covers 134 countries and 155 cities from 75 economies around the world across all groups of income and levels of development.

  • Switzerland, Singapore and the United States top the rankings; European countries dominate the Top 20 (France joining that group); China enters Top 40.
  • Green and digital jobs and skills essential for digital transformation and environment-related transitions towards a sustainable economy
  • Governments to play a pivotal role in shaping labour markets and talent competition
  • The most talent-competitive countries are pulling away from the rest; gap is widening
  • San Francisco tops the cities rankings; megalopolises back on the talent scene

Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2021 – Top 20 Ranking

As in previous years, higher rankings are associated with higher income levels. Policies and practices that bring about talent competitiveness in more developed countries are less susceptible to political and socioeconomic fluctuations and these countries have the stability to invest in lifelong learning, reinforcing skills, and attracting and retaining global talent.

Rank  Country Rank Country
1 Switzerland 11 Australia
2 Singapore 12 United Kingdom
3 United States of America 13 Canada
4 Denmark 14 Germany
5 Sweden 15 New Zealand
6 Netherlands 16 Ireland
7 Finland 17 Belgium
8 Luxembourg 18 Austria
9 Norway 19 France
10 Iceland 20 Japan