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 The City of Helsinki has been taking an active role in attracting and supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and workers to settle in the area. Image: Jussi Hellsten / City of Helsinki

Helsinki named top-three city for highly-skilled talent

Forrester, a market research company based in Massachusetts, the US, has named Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen as the three top hotspots for businesses to recruit highly-skilled talent in Europe.

The top 10 of the ranking was rounded out by Berlin, Hamburg, Oslo, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Amsterdam.

Forrester stressed that European businesses need to look beyond the traditional talent hubs – to northern and western parts of the continent – in the face of a “noticeable skills shortage” created by the focus on digital transformations, population ageing, increasing automation and continuing pandemic-related disruptions.

Each of the top cities offers a highly educated and diverse workforce with above-average language skills and a business-friendly regulatory framework.

“To prepare for the future of work, European businesses need to hire talent adept at both technical and soft skills,” the authors of the report said.

“The Nordics region is teeming with precisely this kind of talent. Recruiting talent from emerging hubs like the Nordics will allow European businesses to accelerate digital transformation efforts and drive long-term business growth.”

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