Taiwan Places 20th in IMD Talent Ranking 2019|2019世界人才報告 台灣列全球第20名

According to the newly released IMD World Talent Ranking 2019, Taiwan's ranks 20th in world, the highest since 2013. The ranking also places Taiwan ahead of Japan, South Korea and Mainland China, behind Singapore and Hong Kong.

The Switzerland-based business school International Institute for Management (IMD) recently released its ranking for world talent. Among the 63 participating countries, Taiwan ranks 20th, which was an improvement of 7 places compared to 2018. Among all Asian countries, Taiwan ranks the third, behind Singapore at no. 10 and Hong Kong at 15th place, and is ahead of Japan, South Korea and Mainland China.

Our current industry structure cannot absorb that many talents every years. However, our higher education system is producing more and more talents. Although this has improved our placement in global rankings, for Taiwan, this is the source of our problem.

The ranking measures three main parameters, and Taiwan has made progress in all three. In talent readiness, Taiwan moved 15 places up from last year to rank 12th. In talent investment and development, Taiwan moved one place up to rank 24th. In talent attraction and retention, Taiwan moved up three places to rank 29th. The IMD report has also pointed out that Taiwan suffers from a number of problems, including low attraction to advanced foreign talents and a relatively high cost of living. Taiwan ranks 48 in both categories.

We still have a lot of limitations when it comes to attracting foreign talents to Taiwan. (To qualify,) the foreign university graduates must have at least two years of working work experience, and the monthly wage must reach NT$47,971, which is almost NT$48,000. They also need to bring their families along, and have their children enroll in local schools. And their children must leave Taiwan as they turn 18 years of age.

There is still much room for improvement when it comes to attracting and retaining foreign talents. The National Development Council will hold more discussions on relaxing laws on immigration and foreign talents, as well as to promote the New Economy Immigration Bill in an effort to attract and retain more foreign talents.


台大國發所副教授 辛炳隆表示:「我們的產業結構,就是沒辦法去吸納這麼多的大學畢業生,而我們的高等教育,卻普及又一直再增加,(人才準備度)這個項目,雖然在國際評比上,讓我們的名次往上拉了,可是在台灣來講,它確實是一個問題的根源。」


工總秘書長 蔡練生表示:「我們針對這些外國人在台灣工作,我們還是有很多的限制,現在外國大學畢業生,他都需要有兩年以上的工作經驗,而且他的月薪,必須達到4萬7千971塊,幾乎要達到4萬8千塊,他們又要攜帶家眷,隨他工作來這邊讀書,他的小孩到18歲了,小孩就必須要離開台灣。」