Nine out of 10 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in North Wales and the North West will take on new staff in 2018, a survey has revealed.
The JVP Group’s Business Barometer surveyed SMEs in England and Wales on their confidence, current view on Brexit negotiations and recruitment plans for 2018.
The poll showed that 23% planned to take on 50 or more employees next year with 22% recruiting between five and 20.
When asked about their confidence going forward, 68% of companies said they are confident about their own prospects and 16% said they feel extremely confident.
Cath Harrison, managing director of the North Wales-based JVP Group, an in-house recruitment support specialist, said: “It is hugely encouraging that despite the continuing uncertainty around the Brexit negotiations and their eventual outcome, nine in 10 SMEs expect to grow their workforces in 2018.”
Businesses surveyed came from a cross-section of sectors including financial services, construction, manufacturing, logistics, hospitality, telecoms, housing and charity.
Thirty-seven per cent of SMEs said they were confident about the UK economy’s prospects in 2018, compared with 47% which are uncertain and 14% which are pessimistic.
Cath Harrison added: “We will continue to track the confidence of businesses and their recruitment plans over the coming months but the indications are that businesses are optimistic about the future as we move towards 2018.”
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