Singapore retains No. 2 spot in global talent index

The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), released yesterday, ranked Singapore the world's second-most talent-competitive country for the fourth straight year.
The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), released yesterday, ranked Singapore the world's second-most talent-competitive country for the fourth straight year. PHOTO: ST FILE

Report ranks 118 nations; Singapore is the only Asian country on top 10 list again

Singapore has held its spot as one of the world leaders in talent, as its Government stays united around the central importance of talent in national development, according to a new report.

The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), released yesterday, ranked Singapore the world's second-most talent-competitive country for the fourth straight year.

Once again, Singapore was the only Asian country on the top 10 list, which was compiled by graduate business school Insead, the Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore.

The annual report ranks 118 nations on their competitiveness based on the quality of talent they can produce, attract and retain.

GTCI academic director Paul Evans and team lead researcher Eduardo Rodriguez-Montemayor also noted in a research commentary that it will be "smaller entities like cities and regions" - such as Singapore - that will emerge as leaders in the worldwide war for talent in the new technology-driven economy.

  • Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2017: Top 10

  • 1 Switzerland

    2 Singapore

    3 United Kingdom

    4 United States

    5 Sweden

    6 Australia

    7 Luxembourg

    8 Denmark

    9 Finland

    10 Norway

"In terms of government usage of information and communications technology, Singapore - like Denmark - is one of the leading nations in the world," they said.

This has been the result of Singapore's historical focus on using education to drive societal change but also on its Govern- ment's single-minded emphasis on talent in national development, Insead observed.

"Talent attraction, development and retention, along with enabling, are not just issues of concern to the ministries of Labour and Education or a powerful Ministry of Manpower or an Infocomm Development Authority - they are the focus of all ministries, within the scope of an all-embracing Smart Nation strategy."

Co-creation is a key part of this strategy where all stakeholders, including talent from abroad, work closely to find innovative ways around challenges, said Professor Evans and Dr Rodriguez-Montemayor.

"This is in striking contrast to the government and political debates in many Western nations, where forward-looking thinking often appears to be lost in public debates over closing factories, immigration and terrorist threats."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2017, with the headline 'S'pore retains No. 2 spot in global talent index'. Print Edition | Subscribe