Tuesday 1 May 2012
Almost two-thirds of small and medium-sized business (SMB) owners remain confident about the future, a new study has indicated.
In the April SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard, 65 per cent of SMB bosses expressed optimism, despite a slight drop in hiring.
Levels of SMB confidence are well above the 33 per cent low recorded in September 2011.
However, the study found that some SMBs are struggling to access the skills needed to grow their organisations.
Some 40 per cent of those looking to hire claimed they were being held back by a lack of qualified candidates in the fields of technology, sales/marketing, customer service and administrative work.
"We have a double-edged sword - on one side there's a shortage of jobs. On the other side, where there are jobs, there aren't enough qualified workers to fill them," said SurePayroll chief executive and president Michael Alter.
"As a nation, we need to look forward, educating and training in fields where jobs will be available in the future, instead of just training for the jobs available today."
According to Companies House, the number of UK firms on the Active Register increased by 15,000 in the four weeks to the end of March, offering hope for the future.
Posted by Jenny Arthur