Colombo among 40 global cities identified as next frontiers for technology talent

Colombo among 40 global cities identified as next frontiers for technology talent

December 21, 2012   04:59 pm

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Colombo, the Commercial Capital of Sri Lanka, is among 40 global cities identified by Bangalore based globalization and technology market advisory firm Zinnov as next destinations for technology talent.

The study titled ‘Next Frontier Cities for Technology Talent’ identified 40 Global cities suitable for hiring technology talent, after a comprehensive evaluation of over 400 of them on key parameters like talent availability, market maturity, cost, peer group eco-system, government policies etc.

These 40 cities are spread across the regions with:

- 9 cities in North America

- 9 cities in South America

- 12 cities in EMEA

- 10 cities in APAC

The Next Frontier cities highlighted in the report are Ankara (Turkey), Asuncion (Paraguay), Boise ( USA), Brasov (Romania), Caracas (Venezuela), Casablanca (Morocco), Chongqing (China), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Coimbatore (India), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Durban (South Africa), Florianopolis (Brazil), Foshan (China), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Hanoi (Vietnam), Islamabad (Pakistan), Jacksonville (USA), Johor Bahru (Malaysia), Kharkhiv (Ukraine), Kiev (Ukraine), Lima (Peru), Limerick (Ireland), Lodz (Poland), Lviv (Ukraine), Managua (Nicaragua), Montevideo (Uruguay), Nagpur (India), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Rabat (Morocco), Recife (Brazil), Roanoke (USA), San Salvador (El Salvador), Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Sofia (Bulgaria), Tianjin (China), Tucson (USA), Wichita (USA) and Wuhan (China).

Commenting on the study, Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov, said, “There are about 40 established locations and another 40 emerging ones, where technology companies have a large presence. Fierce competition for talent and ever increasing compensation structure in existing cities is forcing these companies to look beyond the typical talent hubs and venture into the off-beaten path.”

The report highlighted that there is a 86% cost differential between high cost established locations (e.g. Silicon Valley) and the next frontier cities in the Asia Pacific region.

Most of these Next Frontier cities have good education ecosystem, which is conducive to breed top talent, the report said naming Chongqing (China), Lima (Peru) and Hanoi (Vietnam) as the top three frontier cities for R&D talent.


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