There is a lot of consistency regarding the markets in the top ten for Availability. However, the inclusion of smaller markets such as Ireland and Norway demonstrate that inclusion in the top ten isn’t dependent on workforce size alone. Bahrain is an example of a smaller market that has experienced investment in the workforce as well as skills development. This coupled with favorable policies for migration into this market shift the foundation of the workforce skill base. That skills base drives the value of the workforce to employment organizations.
In recent years, Bahrain’s labor force has made up of roughly 70% foreign workers. This market has made aggressive investments into foreign workforce development to augment local skill sets and helped to shift its skill base to make them more appealing to employers. Also, worth noting is that pervasive use of foreign workers drives language proficiencies, adding more value to its skill base and showing that this market is emerging as a regional hub for the middle east.
Sweden has a strong score in Availability and while it has seen a huge spike in demand in the past, there are challenges related to supply of talent in this highly skilled workforce. The quality of the skills is very high, however the competition for talent and strict regulations in this market make it one that would benefit a very specific set of requirements for talent.
Comparison of the Top Five Markets for Workforce Availability
Comparison of 2017 vs 2018 for Workforce Availability