Davos: Chief executives officers in India are among the most confident lot when it comes to short-term revenue growth and also have ambitious hiring plans for the next 12 months, says a survey released today. Global consultancy PwC’s 20th annual survey of CEOs worldwide showed that as many as 38 per cent are very confident about their company’s growth prospects in the next 12 months compared to 35 per cent seen last year. Around 29 per cent believe that global economic growth would pick up in 2017. “In sharp contrast to 2016, CEO’s confidence in their own one year revenue growth is on the rise in nearly every major country across the world … with India (71 per cent), Brazil, where confidence levels have more than doubled (57 per cent), Australia (43 per cent) and the UK (41 per cent) topping the table,” it said. As per the survey released at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting here, while business leaders are more positive in their outlook, their levels of concern about economic uncertainty (82 per cent), over-regulation (80 per cent) and availability of key skills (77 per cent) remain very high. Worries about protectionism are also growing, with 59 per cent of the respondents concerned about it. Preparing to increase their head count, majority of the CEOs in India have ambitious hiring plans. “Over half of CEOs (52 per cent vs 48 per cent 2016) expect to increase head count over next 12 months. The UK (63 per cent), China (60 per cent), India (67 per cent) and Canada (64 per cent) are amongst those with the most ambitious hiring plans,” the report said. The findings are based on a survey of 1,379 CEOs between September and December 2016. Out of the respondents, 57 per cent worked in privately-owned companies, 43 per cent in publicly-listed firms. Around 36 per cent of them worked at companies with revenues of more than USD 1 billion per annum. PwC Global Chairman Bob Moritz said CEOs are concerned that key skill shortages would impair their company’s growth potential, relevance and sustainability. And its soft skills that they value the most, he added. “Managing expectations with stakeholders will help enable the needed trust to survive and thrive. Bottom line — prioritising the human element in a more virtual world will be a pre-requisite for future success,” he said.