Small businesses are 'struggling to recruit'

03-03-2008

Small businesses are 'struggling to recruit'
Small business in the UK are struggling to recruit the right candidates for job vacancies, it has emerged.

According to Belinda Webb, a spokesperson for the Federation of Small Businesses, firms in the service industry are heavily reliant on foreign workers.

Due to a shortage of resources appropriate checks may be being missed by smaller companies, as they find it more difficult to attract staff, she said.

Competing with large organisations for attention from jobseekers is also a struggle, Ms Webb remarked.

However, migrant workers should have the same skills as British workers, she noted, saying: "For British nationals, small businesses expect the basic skills - the basic literacy and numeracy skills - to be taken care of in the education system so that same rule would apply to migrants."

A recent survey by the Trades Union Congress discovered that migrant workers could be contributing a lot more to the economy if their skills were better recognised.

ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg welcomes the challenge, pointing out that by using online facilities, small companies can compete on equal terms with corporate giants.

"Even allowing for the current skills shortage, a good online job board should be able to locate candidates fairly quickly, a huge plus for any company without a HR [human resources] department," he says.

"Online tests can easily verify a candidate's capabilities too," he continues.

"The wide range of skills-based tests available allows an employer to check specific talents regardless whether they were acquired in the UK or overseas."

Mr Traberg continues: "Of course, there is always an effort involved in finding new staff, personality alone can be a significant hurdle to overcome."

"But employers are no longer alone with the problem - world-class search, attitude assessment and skills checking are no further away than their own keyboard," he remarks.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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