More firms ready to hire in the east, claims Federation of Small Businesses

Great Yarmouth Jobs Fair at Great Yarmouth Racecourse.

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth Jobs Fair at Great Yarmouth Racecourse. Picture: James Bass

Monday, March 10, 2014
10:24 AM

An increasing number of businesses want to create jobs in the coming months amid signs of continued economic growth, with above average recruitment levels found in the East of England, according to a report.

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A survey of almost 3,000 firms by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) showed one in seven optimistic about hiring staff, with one in 10 having recruited employees in the past quarter.

Credit conditions were found to be easing, with an increasing number of businesses accessing finance.

John Allan, chairman of the FSB, said: "Once again we see confidence on the up, and small firms leading the way in job creation. There is no doubt small businesses are pushing us further towards economic prosperity and it's so important to retain this momentum.

"I believe small firms can do more too, for instance helping long-term unemployed youngsters back to work and, as the economy continues to improve, boosting wages for the low-paid.

"With more businesses planning to invest, this can only be good news for the economy and the Chancellor needs to build on this in the Budget."

A Department for Business, Innovation & Skills spokesman said: "We know most small businesses want to grow, and that is why last December we set out our commitment in 'Small Business: GREAT Ambition' to champion small businesses.

"We have already made employment processes simpler and from next month small businesses will also see their National Insurance Bill cut by up to £2,000. Small businesses make up 99% of the whole private sector, and employ 14 million people - they are absolutely vital for a resilient and sustainable economy."

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  • Thats only 14.26% who have recruited. Doesnt sound too good now, does it. How many were zero hour contracts, how many were apprentices, how many were minimum wage, how many were temporary contracts ?. None of these points have been answered.

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