UK Disruption Index launched to assess resilience of key business sectors

Published: Tuesday, 17 May 2022 08:22

GHD has launched its inaugural UK Disruption Index, which evaluates which UK industries have established resilience, and which are most susceptible to future shock and disruption.

The Water sector has been identified as the sector most resilient to future disruption, and Retail as the least.

To build the index, GHD analysed the risk of disruption to 11 key sectors - Rail, Highways, Water, Energy, Chemical & Pharmaceuticals, Construction, Real Estate, Retail, Manufacturing, Financial Services, and Information & Communication - through a combination of independent research, internal GHD expert consultation data, and a survey of 2002 UK consumers and hundreds of business decision makers.

This research was carried out through four lenses, all of which are key to enabling a business or industry to be truly resilient in the long term. By prioritising each of these areas, businesses and industries should ensure they are better prepared for future uncertainty and shocks.

The four lenses were:

Disruption Index rankings:

Sector

Overall ranking

Water

1 (most resilient to future disruption)

Information & Communication

2

Energy

3

Highways

4

Manufacturing

5

Rail

6

Chemical & Pharmaceuticals

7

Financial Services

8

Real Estate

9

Construction

10

Retail

11 (least resilient to future disruption)

Key findings from GHD’s research include:

GHD’s full Disruption Index and accompanying whitepaper, ‘Recovery, Resilience and Reconnection: Designing business for an ever-present state of disruption’, can be found here.