A career in finance remains the best option if you want to rise to the top. A survey of chief executives of the FTSE-100 companies revealed accountants and bankers head 29 of the UK’s top companies.
Engineers of all types represented the second biggest group, on 18.
Though only six chief execs had a pure science background, they were ahead of lawyers in the corporate stakes. IT specialists have made little impression.
Meanwhile, turmoil continues in the Asian economies, but last year the number of Japanese companies setting up in the UK increased, according to the Japan External Trade Organisation.
The total in Europe is well over 800, with the lion’s share continuing to come to the UK. There are as many Japanese firms located here as in France or Germany put together, which are roughly level-pegging for second place. The UK also gained the largest number of new firms last year, five.
Events in the semiconductor industry show that companies can leave as easily as they arrive. But if opening R&D facilities is evidence of putting down roots, the figures are more optimistic.
The number of countries undertaking R&D in the UK is rising and is about 50% of Japanese inward investors.