FCB Survey shows that SMEs are facing Skill Shortages

Tom Parry of the Forum of Private Business (FPB) said that “Micro, small and medium sized businesses were responsible for 65 per cent of jobs created between 1997 and 2007, so smaller employers are crucial to job creation in this country. It is concerning that small business owners’ confidence in their ability to create jobs in the current economic climate and drive recovery is falling, and clearly there is still a pressing need to address barriers such as employment taxes and red tape, steep recruitment costs and skills issues.”

“But we also need measures to support staff retention – and the upskilling of senior managers and business owners themselves. The high cost of employment, fear of making a mistake in the recruitment process and the continuing uncertain business climate are deterring our members from recruiting at this present time.”

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