Barcelona Global and NTT DATA have presented the new City Talent Index report, which aims to measure the ability of cities to attract and retain talent. This report concludes that Barcelona is the best city in southern Europe to live and work due to its attractive entrepreneurial ecosystem, an excellent postgraduate education system and an attractive lifestyle.
Barcelona is the first Spanish and Southern European city to appear in the ranking - lead by London once again- ranked the 12th position out of 32 European cities analysed, all part of the top 50 with the most regional GDP level and population. The report evaluates the main competitiveness levels of cities based on more than 50 indicators from organizations such as the OECD, Eurostat, the World Bank and Unicef, among others.
More than 30 members of Barcelona Global, experts in talent attraction, research, mobility, sustainability, culture, urban planning and taxation, participated in drawing up the report's conclusions. Among the proposals to improve the positioning of Barcelona it stands out:
1. Strengthen the business network through the promotion and attraction of large initiatives and projects
2. Become a city benchmark in sustainability
3. Improve the regulatory and tax system, with the consolidation of the Startup Law
4. The internationalization of the educational system to generate and attract a greater number of international students
5. The adoption of measures to encourage the attraction of international talent, such as streamlining and digitizing administrative procedures
6. Boost innovation to turn Barcelona into a center of excellence in research.