The Allianz Risk Barometer is an annual global report identifying the top corporate risks for the year ahead.
It’s based on the insight of over 3,000 risk management experts from 92 countries and territories including CEOs, risk managers, brokers and insurance experts and is being published for the 13th time.
We take a closer look at the report's UK data and explain what the top risks are for the UK in 2024.
The UK's top 10 risks for businesses in 2024
Shortage of skilled workforce
Political risks and violence
Changes in legislation and regulation
1. Cyber incidents (#1 in 2023)
e.g. cyber crime, IT network and service disruptions, malware/ransomware, data breaches, fines and penalties.
Data breach is the cyber exposure of most concern, according to the Allianz Risk Barometer. According to the 2023 Cyber Security Breaches Survey, carried out by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, 32% of UK businesses identified a cyber-security breach or attack in the last 12 months.
The most common and most disruptive form of security breach is phishing – employees receiving fraudulent emails or being directed to fraudulent websites1.
If a cyber-attack targeting customer data is successful, businesses may lose customers, industry reputation, brand trust, and could even face fines or penalties by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
2. Business interruption (#2 in 2023)
Including supply chain disruption
Despite an easing of post-pandemic supply chain disruption in 2023, and risk management actions taken by companies, business interruption retains its position as the second biggest threat for the UK.
The Allianz Risk Barometer results show that the most common actions businesses are taking to de-risk their supply chains are: developing alternative suppliers; improving business continuity management; and identifying and remediating supply chain bottlenecks.
3. Natural catastrophes (new for 2024)
e.g. storm, flood, earthquake, wildfire, extreme weather events
In a sign that businesses are feeling the impact of extreme weather and climate events, natural catastrophes is new for 2024 and ranks at #3 in the UK.
It was the hottest year since records began, according to the World Meteorological Organization, while insured losses in 2023 exceeded $100bn for the fourth consecutive year. Losses from severe thunderstorms reached a new all-time high of $60bn. Climate records were shattered in 2023 including sea surface temperatures, sea level rise, and low Antarctic sea ice.
Physical damage and business interruption are the two direct impacts of climate change businesses fear most.
When it comes to mitigation actions, the major company implementations are: transitioning to low-carbon business models, and improving planning and response to climate events, including adopting measures to improve the ability of sites to cope with extreme weather.
Businesses are also seeking protection and financing mechanisms to address the growing climate insurance protection gap, while boosting supply chain resilience is expected to be a key area of focus in 2024.