Small Businesses Are Struggling to Find the Right Staff

‘Skills gap’ headache remains for UK’s small and medium enterprises as 77% of employers say they are unable to find suitable employees

Small Businesses Are Struggling to Find the Right Staff

UK small and medium businesses are struggling to find employees with the right skills or work ethic yet the majority refuse to take on an apprentice, a new survey by has found.

77% of small business owners said they struggle to fill vacancies with 67% of complaining that job seekers do not have the right skills and 47% expressing concerns about a lack of proper work ethic.

The survey, which interviewed nearly 2000 small and medium companies, found that, despite the skills shortage, 59% of small firms have never hired an apprentice and only 13% consider an apprentice a viable option.

When asked why they had never taken on an apprentice, 40% of business owners said they felt apprentices would leave once training was completed, and 34% said taking on an apprentice was too much of an administrative burden.

Lyndon Wood, CEO and founder of, commented:

“Our findings show that despite many small businesses in the UK struggling to find the right skills for their companies they are still reluctant to take on apprentices.

“Apprenticeship schemes aren’t just for building trades or hairdressers, these days apprentices can be in any sector. It is a great scheme that can help upskill your workforce and teach them about your business and industry.”

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