Friday, September 28, 2007

Heidrick & Struggles survey shows Middle East must do more to bridge talent gap


Saudi Arabia and Egypt rank in the bottom five of the Global Talent Index, a new 30-country survey conducted by leading executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Worse still, their position in the table is forecast to remain static over the next five years ... 7 separate measures were used to assess each country: demographics, quality of compulsory education, quality of universities and business schools, quality of the environment to nurture talent, mobility and relative openness of the labour market, trends in foreign direct investment, and propensity to attract talent. The Index shows that it is not the size of the potential talent pool that matters but how it is nurtured. With its young and rapidly growing workforce, this is an important lesson for the Middle East."

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