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With increasing interest in the concept of ‘organizational resilience’, business continuity management professionals are taking advantage of this to expand their own remit and improve their career opportunities. These are the findings of a new survey report published jointly by PwC and the Business Continuity Institute.

The report – ‘What does the future hold of business continuity management professionals?’ – was the outcome of a survey carried out by the BCI, as well as a breakout session held at the BCI World Conference. The findings showed that nearly two-thirds of respondents (62 percent) reported that their remit is expanding beyond traditional business continuity management, with over half (53 percent) noting that they’re working more closely with information security, just less than half (45 percent) with risk management and 4 out of ten (42 percent) with IT.

Why is increased collaboration important? The vast majority (90 percent) agreed that resilience is greater when the management disciplines are more joined up.

The growing interest in resilience is increasing career opportunities for business continuity professionals with more than half (56 percent) saying it opens up more options. As a result, 60 percent want additional qualifications, and over a quarter already have a Masters degree.

Other insights revealed by the survey include that nearly three-quarters of respondents (72 percent) were male, indicative of a potential significant gender imbalance in the business continuity profession.

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