The attractiveness of our workforce is increasing


Each year, ManpowerGroup produces a workforce ranking that measures the attractiveness of the labour markets and workforces in 76 countries around the world. This year, Belgium moved up 20 places in this index (Total Workforce Index), which places it 34th in the 2020 ranking.

 The country with the highest score in this index is the one with the most attractive labour market. The United States is ranked first in the world, with Ireland in the top spot for Europe.

The ranking uses 200 key labour market criteria to consider the availability of skills, the cost of labour, the regulatory framework and productivity. The ManpowerGroup study examines how companies hire, manage, develop and retain the talent they need to grow. This 34th place puts Belgium ahead of France (39th) and Italy (47th) as well as India (40th), China (55th) and Russia (63rd).

This rise is mainly due to Belgium's good performance on the teleworking criteria, which were added to this year's ranking, and to the quality of our workforce. In particular, the percentage of highly qualified workers (46.8%) and the number of Research and Development specialists (16.61 per 1,000) have increased. Our assets also include a good knowledge of English (60%) and equality of treatment in terms of gender.