The Deloitte CFO Survey Autumn 2022


The Deloitte CFO Survey Autumn 2022

Navigating Uncertain Times

The Dutch CFO Program helps CFOs stay ahead in an increasingly complex business environment. Among other initiatives, we aim to achieve this by analysing the sentiment of Netherlands based Chief Financial Officers. We are pleased to present you the fall 2022 edition of the Deloitte CFO Survey.

Our bi-annual CFO survey collects input from over 1,100 Chief Financial Officers across Europe. This report provides an overview of the Netherlands based CFOs’ financial outlook, as well as their views on critical business risks, inflation, strategic priorities, funding and other factors they currently consider to be vital to success. Many CFOs from a diverse number of industries and from both listed and private companies have contributed to this Netherlands specific report.

Compared with the previous edition of our survey, the Autumn 2022 results reveal the persisting worries and carefulness among Dutch CFOs. External forces continue to bear down on companies: the talent crunch is real, as is the constant stream of global disruptions, from geopolitics to social unrest and instability in key supply chains. The recorded downward trend of expectations regarding operating margins and other corporate indicators reflect this economic uncertainty. Hence, the overall data shows CFOs are relatively more likely to act with heightened levels of precaution. CFOs across Europe favor strategies that focus on talent attraction and retention, cost considerations and – to an extent – digitalization. While CFOs expect inflation to curb after 2023, its impact is estimated to be felt through at least the end of 2024. Much will depend on the speed with which global and local economies are able to stabilize. In the meantime, cost controls need to be supplemented by drives to realise additional market leverage through, for example, better pricing models. Simultaneously, treating cash with care is recommended in times in which interest rates are expected to harden around economies. Now more than ever, sound scenario planning and agility are required to enable firms to move fast, embrace good over perfect and swiftly be able adjust to the latest strategic insights. Download the CFO Survey Autumn 2022 to find our more.

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