Ninety-five percent of respondents saw employee and benefit costs as a challenge of some type, with 25% classifying it as a major challenge. Rounding out the top challenges were the availability of management, professional and technical skills, regulatory requirements and staff turnover and retention.
More than 85% expect pricing and cost increases for employee
salaries and benefits, with almost 45% predicting healthcare costs to
increase by more
Source: AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey , 2nd quarter 2007, http://fmcenter.aicpa.org .