Smaller firms see less hassle recruiting the best

Smaller organisations consistently expect fewer recruitment difficulties than larger operations, according to the latest findings from the Recruitment Confidence Index (RCI). 

The RCI research reveals that while all organisations experience difficulties in recruiting good people, smaller firms seem to find it comparatively easy to persuade talented managers and professionals to join them.

The findings, produced by Cranfield School of Management in association with Personnel Today, reveal that 69% of organisations with fewer than 200 employees anticipate difficulties recruiting managerial and professional employees over the next six months, compared to 85% of companies with more than 1,000 employees.

This experience has been consistent over the past six years, with an average of 70% of small organisations experiencing recruitment difficulties, compared to 89% of large organisations.

David Molian, co-director of Credo, Cranfield’s Centre for Small Business Growth and Development, said: “Recruitment is still a major issue for smaller firms, but much more so for those who are ambitious to grow.

“They consistently tell us that attracting, retaining and motivating talented managers is the key to accelerated growth – but it’s also the biggest blocker on their firms’ performance.”

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