REVEALED: 20 best cities to recruit talent

New York City has been rated as the best city for recruiting employees

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

New York City has been rated as the best city for recruiting employees, according to a new study by Aon Hewitt.

The recruitment consultant’s latest People Risk Index ranked the US city as having the lowest risk in the world when it came to recruiting, employing and relocating staff. New York was given a score of 67 based on factors including its educational institutions, training facilities, government regulations and availability of talent.

REVEALED: 20 best cities to recruit talent

The rankings’ top ten heavily featured North American locations, with the likes of Toronto, Los Angeles and Boston all featuring. The only city from the Middle East to be included in the top 20 was the Gulf emirate of Dubai, which came in at 19.

"The way businesses now recognize and manage people risk has changed significantly over the last few years," said Richard Payne, talent and rewards practice leader for Aon Hewitt, Asia Pacific. "Driven by a need to do more with less, business leaders have to be more innovative around how they invest; this has had an impact on how they think about talent sourcing and work force planning.”

In terms of the highest-risk cities, the Middle East and Africa dominated. War-torn Damascus rated highest, followed by Sana’a in Yemen, Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa, Baghdad in Iraq, Karachi in Pakistan, and Tripoli in Libya.

Those cities that scored badly in the index did so because of a lack of stable and transparent government, as well as investment in developing infrastructure to improve talent.

REVEALED: 20 best cities to recruit talent

"There is a silver lining for these high risk cities - they will continue to experience population growth in the next decade which will increase the size of the labour pool," said Payne. "However, if the education and talent development infrastructure do not improve, these cities will face a surplus of low skilled workers and a shortage of highly educated professional talent."

Despite these drawbacks, businesses are still expressing interest in these high risk locations due to their natural resources and high economic growth potential. "Africa presents many opportunities if employers are able to identify and mitigate the people risk in these cities effectively." Payne added.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

NOTE: Comments posted on arabianbusiness.com may be printed in the magazine Arabian Business

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: Jim Gilchrist CAES

As a Toronto (Ontario) based recruitment - consulting firm owner, it is nice to see Canada ranked so highly. For years we have been a desirable location for business and people. Still, for us, and the rest of the world, we need to remember that we function in a competitive global economy. And to compete, we will need to both ATTRACT talented people and at the same DEVELOP our local populations. That said, it is nice to see that Canada has a small lead in the "talent race". The trick will be staying in front of the rest.

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Oil slump prompts Gulf states to take shine off cushy government jobs

Oil slump prompts Gulf states to take shine off cushy government jobs

High-paying public sector jobs that demand little of workers...

How an exodus of professional workers is reshaping Qatar

How an exodus of professional workers is reshaping Qatar

Many of the foreign workers who make up the bulk of the 2.5m...

Saudi Arabia puts focus on jobs firmly at heart of reforms

Saudi Arabia puts focus on jobs firmly at heart of reforms

Gulf kingdom plans to spend billions of riyals on technical training...

Most Discussed
  • 3
    UAE landlords set to get tougher on rental cheques

    Erm, what real estate recovery are they talking about? Expected by who exactly? One minute rents are dropping now they're rising? I don't think it's a... more

    Tuesday, 28 February 2017 1:23 PM - Mr. Abc
  • 2
    Dubai residents appeal to fix 'roundabout of doom'

    These 2 roundabouts (Arabian Ranches/Motor City & Studio City) are mostly choked and always dangerous, because of Schools, Offices and fast growing Residential... more

    Tuesday, 28 February 2017 1:22 PM - Anon
  • 2
    UAE salaries expected to rise, report says

    Nowadays people are struggling to secure a job in market and they are accepting offer which is less from their current package there is no chance of salary... more

    Tuesday, 28 February 2017 1:21 PM - Daljit Singh
sponsoredTracking