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Launching International Talent Map Benchmark Study


We are launching a European benchmark study on international talents!

Are you an international master/PhD student or professional working in tech, science or as an engineer? Please share your experience as an international when it comes to settling in, living and working abroad by taking this 12 minute survey

Are you a company representative who is currently recruiting international talent, or ready to do so? Please share your experience on what challenges you encounter when it comes to attracting, receiving and retaining international talent, including what kind of support you believe would facilitate the whole process. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Take it here!

The global competition on highly skilled talent is levelling up every year, and many companies and organisations feel that they can’t fill vacant positions, which inhibits growth. Many of the highly skilled international master and PhD students intend to stay in their country of studies after graduation, but only a minority do so which is a lost opportunity for the host country.

With this European benchmark study we want to gather data and information on different markets in order to develop comparable insights on the satisfaction level of the target group – Master students, PhD’s and highly skilled workers.

The study will include ranking of decision-making factors, main reasons for arriving to and staying in a country to pursue career opportunities. The study will also explore challenges for employers when it comes to attracting, receiving and retaining international talents.

We are launching two surveys, one for talents working or studying abroad, and one for companies who are hiring international talents, or interested in doing so. The benchmark study will compare insights from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland, The Basque Region and Spain.


The partners

The benchmark study is a collaboration between European Talent Mobility Forum, Future Place Leadership, Switch to Sweden via Linköping Science Park, Move to Gothenburg, Berlin Partners, Bizkaia Talent, Brainport Development, Business Finland, Copenhagen Capacity, Oslo Region Alliance, Work in Estonia and Scottish Enterprise, funded by Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any thoughts or questions regarding the study, or if you want to sign up for the email list to get access to the end result data with key insights.


Morten King-Grubert
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