Smaller Businesses Facing Increasing Recruitment Difficulties

New research into Britain’s smaller businesses has shown that the smaller companies are facing increasing difficulties in finding appropriately skilled staff.

The research, which was carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group (APPSBG), indicated that companies are struggling to find the staff that will help lead and drive their businesses forward.

The poll – called the Voice of Small Business Survey – showed that nearly half of smaller companies were struggling under the burden of demanding regulation requirements, while some 34 per cent were having difficulty securing expansion finance.

The FSB’s national chairman, John Walker, said that the problems were very common for businesses at the start-up phase, but that the difficult economic climate was making them more difficult than usual to bear. Walker called on the government to aid the financial sector, with regulatory easing and financial assistance, especially as the private sector is being relied on so heavily to restore the UK’s economic health.

“With the private sector being relied on to drive economic recovery, these barriers need to be removed and existing businesses should be encouraged to innovate, take on staff and grow,” he explained. 

Geoff Newman, chief executive of online recuitment agency RecruitmentGenius.com that is also a member of FSB believes companies need to be flexible when recruiting.

“Some companies have unrealistic expectations, requiring too much and paying too little. Not everything can be ‘essential’ and companies need to be more pragmatic and determine what they can train. This development of staff is even more crucial as many skills required are relatively new, for example search engine optimisation, and so makes a small number of people with that knowledge unobtainable and unaffordable.”

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