Aon Hewitt: New York Lowest Risk City to Recruit, Employ and Redeploy Workers

Chicago — May 17

New York is the lowest-risk city in the world for recruiting, employing and relocating employees, according to rankings released by Aon Hewitt, the global human resources business of Aon PLC.

Aon Hewitt’s 2012 People Risk Index measures the risks that organizations face with recruitment, employment and relocation in 131 cities worldwide by analyzing factors such as demographics, access to education, talent development, employment practices and government regulations.

According to the index, Toronto, Singapore, Montreal and London rounded out the top five lowest-risk cities in the world. Conversely, Lagos, Nigeria; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Baghdad; Sana’a, Yemen; and Damascus, Syria represent the least desirable of the 131 cities for employers.

New York edged out Toronto as the world’s lowest risk city. New York ranked lowest in demographics risk based on its large working-age population, positive immigration rate and high workforce productivity.

New York’s education and talent development risks also are among the lowest in the world. This can be attributed to world-class educational institutions and training facilities, and a large pool of qualified and experienced talent.

However, the index showed that the city has higher employment risk than the other top five cities, mainly due to higher violence and crime rates, and higher health care and benefits liability risks.

Toronto and Montreal are among the five lowest-risk cities primarily due to Canada’s strict enforcement of equal opportunity laws, clear government-mandated health and retirement benefits, low levels of corruption and the high quality and broad availability of training facilities.

While Toronto has low employment and redeployment risk, the city’s recruitment risks are higher than the other top five cities because of its relatively small working-age population and lower immigration rates.

Singapore is the only city outside of Europe and North America that is among the five lowest-risk cities, according to the index.

Contributing to this rating are its strict laws on discrimination and occupational health and safety, flexibility on personnel costs, lack of corruption and willingness to work with the private sector on human resources-related issues.

Singapore also has low terrorism and political risks and strong government support.

Political turmoil and lack of stable governments substantially increase the people risks in the highest-risk cities. The tumultuous landscape, especially in Middle Eastern cities, impacts their ability to implement and enforce business-friendly employment practices and invest in talent development initiatives.

Higher-risk cities also have significant risks in recruiting talent, as education systems are unable to keep up with demand, making it difficult for organizations to find sufficiently skilled workers.

Source: Aon Hewitt