2021 Edition of Global Talent Competitiveness Index Launches, Receiving Global Media Coverage

October 20, 2021

The 2021 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) has officially launched. In its 8th edition, the GTCI is an annual benchmarking tool ranking countries and major cities on their ability to develop, attract and retain talent. Developed by INSEAD in partnership with Portulans Institute and Accenture, the report provides a tool for governments, cities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to help design their talent strategies, overcome talent mismatches and be competitive in the global marketplace. 

The GTCI covers national and organizational parameters and generates insights to inspire action. This year’s index includes 68 variables and covers 134 countries and 155 cities, across all groups of income and levels of development. The GTCI is a composite index, relying on a robust, action-focused Input-Output model, for policymakers and business leaders to learn from and respond to.

The 2021 edition, “Talent Competitiveness in Times of COVID” addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected the global talent competitiveness landscape at the levels of countries, cities and organizations. This year’s report shows stability at the top of the rankings once again. Switzerland (1) leads the pack for the eighth time, with impressive performance in nearly all aspects of talent competitiveness. It is followed by Singapore (2), excelling once again in many areas bar its ability to retain talent. The United States (3) leads the world in talent growth, especially when measuring lifelong learning.

Bruno Lanvin, INSEAD Distinguished Fellow and Co-Founder of Portulans Institute, and Felipe Monteiro, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy provide their full insights on this year’s report in their article, “The World’s Most Talent Competitive Countries, 2021”.

In the days following the launch, the GTCI has been featured by several global media outlets, including French financial newspaper Les Echos, Brazilian network GloboNews, Singapore’s leading newspaper, The Straits Times, and LinkedIn News Europe.

For more information on the GTCI, including the full version of the report, a press release, and articles, visit the official GTCI website

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