Fantastic news from PWC's latest research into the strategic priorities of UK CEO's as 63% of them expect their headcounts to increase during 2017.
Great news also that they are looking to pay more attention to retaining and development the talent they have although they still face some real challenges to attract high calibre talent with skills gaps in such areas as people centric leadership, leadership, creativity & innovation and adaptability.
They also flagged the strong influence of technology as a key focus of change in their businesses.
A really positive statement of intent and one which should buoy us all to enjoy a great year ahead!
Faced with restricted availability of business-critical skills in the UK talent market, it seems UK CEOs are looking to retain and grow - and train and develop - their existing workforces. Almost two-thirds – 63% – of UK CEOs expect the headcount in their company to increase over the coming 12 months. This is higher than many of their global peers, with only 60% in China, 54% in the US and just 44% in Germany saying the same. Only 10% of CEOs in the UK expect their headcount to decrease – down from 20% last year, and well below this year’s global figure of 16%.