Workforce supply is an essential consideration when evaluating potential markets. Consider this: If the labor pool in the market you are considering cannot meet the volume of talent required, does it matter that the market may be more cost-efficient, have more flexible regulations or a higher production capacity?


Calculating Workforce Supply

The primary data sources for this Index are all based on statistics from the ministries of labor for the markets within the scope, the International Labor Organization, Trading Economics, United Nations, World Bank DataBank, World Economic Forum and internal data collected as part of ManpowerGroup global reporting efforts.

Top Ten Markets for Total Workforce Supply

While this category is not solely dependent on the size of market's workforce, larger markets have tended to have an advantage in past years. But today's focus on virtual employees tethered to centralized projects or global teams has increased the importance of language proficiency, border access, remote scalability of resources, and workforce demographics. This fundamental shift in priorities has been accounted for in this year's index, resulting in our top five markets which each have, as a percentage of their total workforce, the strongest representation of sought skills and characteristics by global employers making data-driven decisions to leverage a truly global workforce.

Workforce skills continue to drive the value of a workforce in employer considerations, however access to these skills via remote technology are now essential. With this remote readiness in mind, and because they have mature and diverse workforce characteristics, United States, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Netherlands are considered to be the top markets based on the workforce supply in country. These markets also lead in technical enablement and have embraced remote work leading into the pandemic in 2020.

Comparison of the Top Five Markets for Workforce Supply

Size of the bubble reflects the Relative Workforce Supply of each market, while the color reflects Relative Regulation

  • Minimal Regulatory Impact
  • Moderate Regulatory Impact
  • Restrictive Regulatory Impact

Comparison of Top Ten in Workforce Supply in the Last Five Years


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