NEWS31 May 2012

Research sentiment improving, finds RSM survey


UK— Researchers are growing more positive about the prospects for the research industry and the economy, according to the latest wave of RSM’s State of the Industry survey.

The 285 UK-based researchers surveyed in April/May predicted that the industry would grow 5.1% over the next 12 months, compared to just 4% when surveyed in December, and 4.3% a year ago. However, RSM notes that researchers have “generally overestimated” growth forecasts in the past.

Sentiment about the economy also improved compared to the last wave of the study, with a net 4% expecting an uptick, compared to the net 54% that forecast worsening conditions when asked in December.