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US CEOs "Upbeat" About Hiring, Industry Prospects


August 16, 2016

Life sciences CEOs are more bullish about their own sector than their peers in other industries, and approximately 84 percent plan to hire in the next 12 months, according to KPMG LLP’s U.S. CEO Outlook 2016.   All 38 life sciences CEOs surveyed were confident about their prospects for growth in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sector during the next three years. New customers were seen as the biggest driver of growth during the next three years, according to 37 percent of CEOs surveyed. Another 29 percent viewed new products as the biggest growth driver.   Competition, an inability to increase market share, and the inability to stay on top of new products/services and technologies are among the life sciences CEOs’ biggest concerns, the survey said.   With the optimistic outlook for the industry, many life sciences organizations are expecting their businesses to transform. Only 45 percent of CEOs said their companies “will be largely the same firm we are today” compared with the 61 percent of CEOs surveyed overall.   The top three areas where life sciences CEOs plan to “devote significant investment/resources” in the next three years include expanding facilities (32 percent), advertising & marketing (32 percent) and measurement & analysis of the customer (26 percent).   Only 16 percent of life sciences CEOs said they are keeping their workforce unchanged during the next 12 months, compared with 31 percent across all industries. During the next three years, 76 percent of life sciences CEOs are expanding headcount between 6 and 10 percent, the survey found. None of the life sciences CEOs surveyed anticipate cutting jobs in the next three years and 11 percent found they were likely to expand headcount by more than 10 percent.   https://home.kpmg.com/us/en/home/media/press-releases/2016/08/us-life-sciences-ceos-upbeat-about-hiring-bullish-about-industrys-prospects-kpmg-survey.html    

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