Small firms struggling to find the right talent

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Jan 2019

Almost two thirds of the region’s small businesses have admitted struggling to find suitable candidates to fill roles.

The alarming talent shortage has been revealed following research carried out by Be The Business, a campaign to boost performance.

It found 63 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) find it hard to get their hands on the talent they are after, and more than a third had lost staff they would like to have kept.

Tony Danker, chief executive at Be The Business, said: “For years the solution to growth for many small firms was to hire more people.

“With the labour market tighter than ever, SMEs increasingly don’t have that option and are going to have to look at how they can inspire and motivate the employees they have.

“Our research shows that, even when the right staff are recruited, employee engagement is a difficult area.

“Training and retainment are crucial, yet many small business managers struggle to find the resources and tools to make this meaningful within their companies.

“We’ve developed free, new online tools and advice to help.”

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