New York is the best city in the world for talent competitiveness, according to annual rankings by the global HR provider, the Adecco Group.

The city of 8.6 million people led the way in the 2020 Global Talent Competitiveness Index thanks to its strong performance across four of the five pillars on which Adecco Group bases its research — enabling, attracting and growing talent, as well as its ability to develop global knowledge skills.

The report referred to the success of New York-based start-up Pymetrics, which uses artificial intelligence (AI), the core theme of this year’s report, and neuroscience to match people to jobs, helping the labor market.

“AI holds incredible potential. Like ground-breaking technologies before it, AI also will affect people’s jobs and change the nature of work. We need to anticipate these changes and take steps to prepare for them. Business leaders, governments, educators, trade unions, and others have a responsibility to together manage these changes and shape a future that works for everyone,” said Kent Walker, Senior Vice President of Google.

London in the UK came in second place for talent competitiveness, followed by Singapore.

Adecco released the 2020 Global Talent Competitiveness Index at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It measures talent competitiveness across 132 countries and 155 cities, in partnership with business school INSEAD and tech giant Google.

Top 10 cities globally for talent competitiveness

  1. New York, US;
  2. London, UK;
  3. Singapore;
  4. San Francisco, US;
  5. Boston, US;
  6. Hong Kong;
  7. Paris, France;
  8. Tokyo, Japan;
  9. Los Angeles, US; and
  10. Munich, Germany

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