Increased hiring among small businesses could benefit contractors
Whether you’re a freelancer or Limited company contractor, you’ll be interested to hear that a new survey has found that small firm’s hiring intentions are on the up.
For businesses, this shows just how well the market is currently performing, so much so that there are more companies being able to afford to take on more staff, and for contractors, this is also great news, as it means that there are more job opportunities coming from smaller businesses.
The survey, carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), found that 15% of small businesses have increased their staff numbers in the third quarter of this year.
According to the FSB’s Voice of Small Business Index, this is the highest number reported since the survey first began in 2010.
John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, commented,
“Compared with a year ago, small businesses are employing more staff and are looking to expand in the near future. This points to growing confidence from the UK’s small businesses.
“Our findings show that the Employment Allowance due to kick in next spring will have the desired effect. Through the measure, small firms are looking forward to taking on more staff, expanding their businesses and rewarding existing employees for their efforts.
“That said, the most recent unemployment figures show that long term unemployment, particularly among young people remains a concern. That’s why we will be discussing what further action the Coalition Government can take to support the UK’s small firms in creating jobs at the Liberal Democrat Conference.”
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