UK SME hiring could create opportunities for contractors

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Umbrella company contractors will be pleased to hear that the UK’s small and medium sized business are planning on additional hiring over the next few months.

The research, carried out by eBay, revealed that one in three smaller sized firms are looking to take on more staff; news that could very well benefit the highly skilled contractors across the country.

The report, Employee Skills Index, which was released in partnership with YouGov, also revealed that many small and medium sized businesses consider practical skills gained through experience as being more important than having a degree.

In fact, a significant 70% of SME’s surveyed said that they considered a degree ‘unimportant’ with regards to hiring.

When questioned on the type of skills considered to be most desirable when hiring new staff, 61% said a strong grasp of marketing and advertising was top of the list and over half said that social media skills were vital.

Tanya Lawler, vice president at eBay UK, commented, “The nature of business, especially online retail, is changing rapidly.

“Our business-savvy SME community is on the look-out for versatile talent, regardless of age, background or gender, with the personable skills and life experience to help them develop and grow.”

“It’s good news for the online retail space and for new hires as recruitment picks up in 2016.”


Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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