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Small firms to increase hiring

31 Aug 2007

Small firms to increase hiring The latest recruitment statistics should come as welcome news to those graduates looking for jobs with small firms.

New research suggests that many small businesses in the UK are planning to increase recruitment in the third quarter of this year.

The survey, by the Small Business Research Trust (SBRT), revealed that 46 per cent of employers predict a rise in sales during this period.

A rise in employment is also likely, according to a large proportion of those questioned.

Many graduates choose to work for small firms because they offer them the opportunity of quicker and more dramatic career progression.

Salaries in small firms are often lower than those offered by the corporate giants.

However, graduates are usually offered more responsibility and more of a say in company developments.

Brian Wolfe, chairman of the SBRT, explained that the upcoming increase in employment opportunities was probably triggered by many firms' careful recruitment stance earlier in the year.

As reported by businesszone.co.uk, he commented: "I suspect small and medium-sized enterprises will have benefited from their conservative approach to recruitment, which was apparent in this quarter two survey," he said, according to businesszone.co.uk.

"By resisting the urge to recruit during the more buoyant first half of the year, SMEs will be able to better overcome any negative affects in trading following July and August."

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