Monday, 14 September 2015
The Small Firms Association Jobs Survey 2015 has found that 64% of small businesses intend to take on additional staff over the coming year.
SFA Director, Patricia Callan, commented “The recovery continues to gather pace, with small businesses in all sectors and parts of the country planning to increase the number of people they employ. The 200,000 small businesses in Ireland already employ 860,000 people, which is half the private sector workforce. If they can continue to stabilise and grow, then we will make a significant dent in the unemployment rate in the next year”.
The main findings of the survey show that:
Callan stated “Whilst these results are very welcome, we cannot get complacent. Any proposals that increase the cost of employment to small businesses cause those businesses to rethink their planned recruitment. Recent announcements by Government relating to a potential increase in the National Minimum Wage by 50 cent, mandatory pension provision, living wage and an increasing loss in competitiveness, through government controlled charges, may jeopardise these plans. In Budget 2016 and beyond, the Government must recognise that supporting and enabling small firms to create jobs, should become their No. 1 priority.”
The SFA’s Jobs Survey was conducted in August 2015, with 1039 companies responding from a sample of 3000 SFA member companies.
For further comment, please contact Patricia Callan, SFA Director, at tel: 01-6051602 or 087-6999345, e-mail: email@example.com or Twitter: @SFA_Irl