Economic conditions in the UK have improved significantly, highlighting skills gaps again. But employment in other parts of the world is still flat and there's a high degree of economic uncertainty in Asia. However, we're also seeing exciting debates emerge and the opportunities for HR and L&D professionals to help organisations be more agile and responsive in a rapidly changing environment are huge. The mismatch in the supply and demand of skills in some sectors and parts of the world is driving more business leaders, as well as governments and regulators, to look to the HR profession for solutions. And now that more and more leaders are seeing that people are the biggest drivers of risk and value in their organisations, strong HR capabilities have never been in greater demand. We're also starting to see a greater shift in thinking away from profit-making as the core purpose of business towards the idea of sustainable value-creation. So debates about what good business looks like, and how to build strong organisational cultures driven by values and principles, are coming to the fore.