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Digitization is changing the way businesses operate, but without technologically knowledgeable workers, economies worldwide will stagnate. While high- and medium-income countries have the technology infrastructure, the talent pool, and the necessary policies and regulations, low-income countries are struggling. In this exhaustive report, The Economist Intelligence Unit pinpoints the problems countries face when trying to develop tech-savvy workforces. getAbstract recommends this timely analysis to anyone interested in understanding the factors affecting the development of the “workforce of the future.”

About the Author

David Humphreys is a custom research director at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Brad Hoffman is a former consultant of EIU.



The Workforce of the Future Index quantifies the “technological aptitude of national workforces” in 56 countries, across six different categories:

  1. “Technology and connectivity infrastructure” – This category measures access to reliable electricity and high-speed Internet, the number of secure Internet servers, and infor mation and communication technology (ICT) competition. The top-ranking  nations are South Korea, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
  2. “Technology and society” – This area measures the prevalence...

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