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A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that small firms are taking on more staff compared to the last quarter.

The latest FSB survey, The Voice of Small Business Index, found that 15% of SMEs (small and medium sized businesses) have increased their staff numbers in the third quarter of 2013, which is the highest figure reported since the Index first began three years ago.

As more small firm’s hiring intentions are on the up, this could create further job opportunities for umbrella company contractors and freelancers.

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.

Simon Dolan is the Sales & Marketing Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies and founder member of AllUmbrellaCompaniesAreEqual.
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