Survey: China leads world as most ‘industrious’ nation

Which country creates the best ideas or products? How hard-working is a given country’s labor force, and where in the world is it most competitive? Monster, in conjunction with research firm GfK, released today the results of a survey that sheds light on these questions and examines the “industriousness” of seven countries.

The survey — with more than 8,000 respondents from Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States — gauged economic and labor-related competitive spirit by drilling down into “industriousness,” which describes the level to which a country was “hard-working, innovative and constantly creating new ideas/products,” according to the survey.

Monster/GfK infographic

China topped the industriousness rankings by country while Germany and the United States finished second and third, respectively. Here’s the list, according to the survey:


  1. China
  2. Germany
  3. United States
  4. Canada
  5. India
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Netherlands
  8. France

The survey also revealed what other countries’ respondents feel about U.S. industriousness. India led this category, with 85 percent of Indian respondents rating the United States as industrious. Here’s this list:


  • India: 85%
  • Canada: 74%
  • France: 71%
  • The Netherlands: 69%
  • United Kingdom: 67%
  • Germany: 50%

American respondents rated China second to their own country in terms of industriousness. Eighty percent said the United States was tops followed by China (71 percent) and Canada (60 percent).

Canadians led the “resiliency” portion of the survey with 43 percent of Canadian respondents reporting that their country will come back as competitive as ever. India finished second in this category (40 percent) and the United States was third (35 percent).

However, 10 percent of respondents in France and the United Kingdom, respectively, felt their countries would never come back, leading in this category.

“It’s clear that workers in Europe feel their economy’s rebound is moving slow compared to those in North America and Asia, which can have powerful effects on career decisions and making a move to enter the job market,” said Joanie Ruge, employment industry advisor and senior vice president of Monster.

Seven percent of U.S. respondents expressed no faith in a return to form. Here are the U.S.-only results:

  • 35%  -  My country will come back and be as competitive as ever
  • 21%  -  My country will come back and be slightly less competitive than before
  • 15%  -  Will come back, but it will not be as competitive as before
  • 21%  -  My country has the potential to come back, but I don’t know if we will ever be as competitive
  • 7%    -  My country will never come back

About the survey

Surveying over 8,000 people in Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, U.K. and U.S., this survey was conducted using GfK’s GLOBOBUS, a monthly global omnibus study. 

In the United States, the data was collected using a dual frame telephone survey to maximize participation and representativeness of respondents, including younger and older adults as well as landline and cell phones. The total sample size for this study is 1,007 in the United States. For questions only asked of working Americans, the weighted sample size is 519.

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  • easyapproach

    it is the changing realities of global competitiveness. the age long economic theorem of comparative advantage. china is great with is population and opening up of economy to outside world. anchored by new found global influence. lessons for other developing countries.