A recent study, which combined data from the UN and the Global Competitiveness Index ranked Ireland in 12th place globally in regards its ability to attract top global talent (Source: KDM Engineering Consultants)
This impressive overall ranking is a combination of performance data regarding regulatory and market landscapes, the ability to attract companies, the ability to attract people with specific skillsets, the ability to offer high quality education and the general quality of life. Countries are then ranked under four headings; namely Enable, Attract, Grow and Retain.
Number 1 on this esteemed list is Switzerland which is followed in second place by Singapore. The UK is currently ranked in third place with Ireland being the main feeder of top talent into the UK market. It will be interesting to monitor the attractiveness of the UK pre-and post-Brexit in this regard. There are over 8.5m migrants currently residing in the UK resulting in a very rich talent pool.
The US come in at fourth place and the top feeder countries of top talent into the US are Canada, the UK, Germany and Japan.
Ireland’s performance in regards attracting top talent is an admirable 12th and is higher than countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Belgium, Germany and Japan, just to make a few.
There are currently 746,260 migrants in Ireland. The top feeder countries of top talent into Ireland are the UK, the US, Germany, France and Australia.
On the top 25 list, Ireland fares poorly in regards quality of life but outperforms most countries in terms of the regulatory and market landscapes in each country.
However, to finish 12th on a global list in terms of our ability to attract top talent is a very impressive result.