KPMG’s Global Semiconductor Survey entitled A More Optimistic Outlook for 2013, of over 150 executives, now in its eighth year, identifies trends and issues influencing the global semiconductor market today, as well as the opinions of leading executives about industry growth over the next three years.
The survey’s bellwether Semiconductor Business Confidence Index indicates a shift toward positive sentiment about industry revenue growth. In this year’s survey, industry leaders shared more favorable views about the sector’s profitability and employment growth than last year. Two-thirds of the respondents plan to add headcount next year, compared with less than half in 2011.
The results also indicate a shift toward the United States, second to China, as an increasingly important geography for semiconductor headcount growth. While consumer electronics, mobility, and computing remain the leading applications for semiconductor industry revenue growth, executives are calling for a broader-based recovery as industrial and automotive also demonstrate favorable growth.