Businesses to return to normal next year: KPMG study

Staff Reporter

About half of chief executives around the world do not expect business to return to normal until “some time” in 2022, according to a study by accounting firm KPMG.

This compares with 31 percent of chief executives who expect that businesses will return to normal later this year, KPMG said in its 2021 CEO Outlook Pulse report.

The survey was conducted in February and March this year and asked 500 global chief executives about their response to the pandemic and their outlook over a three-year period.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they are concerned about employees’ access to a Covid-19 vaccine, which is influencing their outlook as to when employees will return to the workplace, while 90 per cent are considering asking staff to report for duty after they are vaccinated, the survey said. However, 34 percent are worried about misinformation on the safety of Covid-19 vaccines.

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