Small firms planning to recruit

The Times Newspaper has recently reported that small businesses are more likely to hire staff in the coming months than their larger rivals, but they could be hit by skills shortages.

According to a survey by Manpower, a balance of +21 per cent of small companies intend to increase staff levels between now and July, compared to just +9 per cent of large businesses. But Mark Cahill, Managing Director of Manpower, says that finding people with the right skills will be a challenge. “The focus for SMEs is recruitment and retention – finding ways to attract the best talent in a tight labour market and keeping them.”