UK bosses bristle with confidence but concern over key skills grows

A survey has found that British chief executives are the most confident bosses in Europe, with 85% bullish about the prospects for the year ahead. However the annual Global CEO survey, conducted by PwC before the World Economic Forum, shows a greater divergence in optimism among chief executives than last year. While 39% are 'very confident' about their company's fortunes for the year, up from 27%, the number not confident about the next 12 months has doubled from 7% to 15%. Ian Powell, PwC's UK chairman, said: 'UK chief executives are more confident than their European peers, but the high levels of optimism we saw last year have been tempered by concerns about access to key skills, disruptive trends and geopolitical uncertainty.'


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