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1 in 4 East Midlands businesses will be affected by recruitment challenges in 2019

East Midlands businesses are most concerned about recruitment challenges in 2019, according to a new Business Census of business leaders’ expectations for the year ahead.

The survey, conducted by global credit company Creditsafe and completed by 755 business leaders, revealed that 25% of surveyed East Mids businesses expect to face recruitment challenges in 2019.

Recruitment specialist James Calder of Distinct Recruitment, said:

“Recruitment of the best talent remains and will always remain one of the biggest challenges for businesses.

“Businesses who take a proactive approach to recruitment, who network with potential target candidates when not recruiting, building pipelines of talent relevant for their business will more often than not find themselves ahead of their competition when it comes to securing the best talent.
“Be open minded to meeting candidates when you don’t have a vacancy, and tell them more about the culture of the business, the team ethos and the future opportunities for development. Don’t focus on an immediate need.”

Speaking of the results, Creditsafe’s UK CEO Chris Robertson, said:

“It’s been a memorable year for businesses in Britain, with Brexit dominating the media headlines and uncertainty around our role in the EU still rife.

“The Business Census is intended to provide a snapshot of the state of UK business based on experience, as opposed to just statistics. The impact of economic uncertainty on the optimism of business leaders for 2019 will undoubtedly gain the attention of business bodies and the government, who should take note of these less tangible, yet still important, impacts of their actions.”

The survey also asked businesses what challenges they faced in 2018. 34% of East Mids businesses reported the economy to have been their biggest challenge.

The Census also found that businesses across the UK expect their biggest challenges to be the economy and recruitment.

Despite their fears, 90% of UK businesses expects to grow in 2019.

UK economic growth has been under pressure since a strong performance this summer, with the Bank of England expecting a 0.2% increase in GDP for the final three months of 2018 and forecasting a similar rate for the first quarter of 2019.

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