Congratulations Denmark - the second-best talent developer in the world, according to the IMD.

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Denmark wins silver in global talent competition

For the fifth year running, Denmark ranks second in the annual World Talent Ranking compiled by the Institute for Management Development (IMD). Meanwhile, attracting labour is a challenge, says director of research and higher education at DI.

For the fifth year running, Denmark ranks second in the annual World Talent Ranking compiled by the Institute for Management Development (IMD). Meanwhile, attracting labour is a challenge, says director of research and higher education at DI.

Denmark would receive silver if the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) gave out medals in its annual World Talent Ranking.

For the fifth year running, Denmark finishes in an impressive second place – surpassed only by Switzerland.

“It is excellent news that Denmark ranks second for the fifth consecutive year – although it would be wonderful to beat Switzerland and take first place next year. Delving into the numbers, it becomes clear that Denmark is an attractive place for talents. But we don’t quite manage to make it all the way to the top. That surprises me – because there is much to be gained from bringing bright minds and skilled hands to Denmark,” says Mette Fjord Sørensen, Director of Research and Higher Education at the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI).

The IMD report examines countries’ performance in three main categories: Appeal, readiness and investment and development. 

Denmark ranks first in investment and development, seventh in appeal and eighth in readiness. But each category conceals certain nuances.

“Denmark ranks first in investment and development. That’s good, but it’s important to remember that the IMD includes Denmark’s state education grants (SU) in its calculations. Due to the so-called re-prioritisation contribution, the disproportion between student grants and expenditure on education in Denmark has become greater since 2016, meaning we actually spend less on education than on grants. That’s a shame! We would rather spend resources on ensuring high-quality educations instead of giving students money for beef in their Bolognese,” says Mette Fjord Sørensen.

See also: Off they go: Young Danes attracted to careers in other countries

Will become more difficult

Several of the parameters are based on surveys among businesses, and Denmark is generally highly ranked in their responses. In 9 out of 17 indicators, Denmark ranks within the top five, and the lowest ranking is 18th.

“In the vast majority of parameters, businesses are very optimistic on Denmark’s behalf. But attracting qualified workers is a challenge. That applies to both Danish and international talents, whom companies expect will become more difficult to recruit in the future,” says the director of research and higher education at DI.

See also: Danes: Foreigners are a boon for our workplaces

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