Sri Lanka offers a rapidly growing skilled workforce which is cost competitive, highly productive and English speaking. The country has a workforce of 8.3 million as at 2016, showing a growth of 1.2% from the previous year. Many of the workforce are qualified professionals having extensive experience in, and being highly qualified in, numerous fields such as information technology, manufacturing, finance and accounting, fashion and design, and law. The typical Sri Lankan worker is highly trainable and possesses precision skills which make them adept at executing complex manufacturing processes. The fact that Sri Lankans are friendly, creative, and adapt rapidly to diverse cultures and work environments resulting in easy integration to different and varying cultures of business enterprises that originate in foreign countries, is an added advantage.
At 93%, Sri Lanka’s adult literacy rate is considered high and on par with developed countries, while being well ahead of South Asia. Schooling is compulsory for children over the age of 5, and the country’s state funded education system is offered free of charge at all levels including University. Against this background, Sri Lanka produces over 100,000 graduates annually. The government gives high priority to improving both the national education system and access to education, including vocational training.