More than half of employers expecting to hire in 2017
The Business Census 2017 report questioned people working across the UK, with participants taken from professional services (21%), construction (16%), manufacturing (11%), technology (9%), retail (8%) and finance (4%) among others and found that UK companies are growing increasingly confident about their ability to find and recruit their staff. The annual survey of 1,300 firms, carried out by the business data website Company Check during November and December, showed that the number of firms which see recruitment as their biggest challenge has fallen by more than half in two years, from 24% in 2015 to 9% for the year ahead.
More than half (54%) said they predicted they would hire new staff during 2017 as 74% said they were expecting their business to grow in the coming year.
Katie Deverill, operations manager at Company Check, said, “The Business Census lets us ‘take the temperature’ of UK companies to understand the big challenges they’re going to be facing and focusing on during the next 12 months. As we do it every year we get to see trends over time and it’s clear from the data that recruitment is becoming less arduous with each year that passes – the recruitment industry has surely played its part in that.”
Robert Bond from Bond Williams adds:
“It is great to see such positivity from the business community with regard to hiring intentions, whether that be for new niche skills or to support growth plans. For now though it definitely seems to be a case of “business as usual” even though there is still the uncertainty of what a post-Brexit future might look like.”