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Brexit drives risk and compliance to the top of the people agenda for UK businesses, survey finds

London, 27th February 2019 – More than half (57%) of UK businesses say governance, risk, and compliance are the biggest challenges to their workforce planning in the coming 12 months, according to new research by business analytics and modelling company, Concentra Analytics.

The survey of over 400 HR and finance decision makers in the UK and US found that risk and compliance are far higher up the agenda of UK businesses than in the US (41%), which also face trade difficulties and looming export tariffs. There’s also a pre-occupation in the UK with understanding risk exposure (67%) and the ability to quickly re-organize (59%), while in the US this is less of a concern (52% and 44% respectively).

Rupert Morrison, CEO, Concentra Analytics, commented: “Understanding risk and how an organization should respond to it is unsurprisingly top of mind for British businesses. The uncertainly surrounding Brexit and other compliance issues, such as the gender pay gap and minimum wage, are all cause for concern.”

Morrison continued: “We’ve found that many businesses still don’t have a data-driven view of their workforce that is reliable. As we approach 29 March, it’s a strategic imperative that organizations develop a detailed understanding of their workforce, evaluate different scenarios to mitigate their risk, and plan for the future, known and unknown. Key to this is greater collaboration between the HR and Finance teams. Beyond Brexit, planning ahead in an era of persistent disruption will ensure the organization is resilient, adaptable, and positioned to thrive no matter what comes next.”

Cost cutting, which was identified as the UK’s third-ranked challenge (48%), is the leading people issue for US businesses (64%). The second biggest challenge facing UK businesses (52%) is digital transformation, something only 37% of US businesses are concerned about when it comes to their people.

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About Concentra Analytics:

Concentra Analytics builds SaaS data products that enable businesses to capture, manage, and analyze data to improve their operations. Its flagship product, OrgVue, is the leading SaaS workforce analysis and modelling solution used by business, finance, and HR leaders to plan and optimize organizations on an ongoing basis. Alongside OrgVue, Concentra’s other products include SupplyVue for holistic supply chain optimization and DataPlus for data warehouse automation.

Concentra Analytics is headquartered in London and works with over 100 enterprise clients from offices in Philadelphia, The Hague, and Hong Kong.