Small firms show more confidence on post-Brexit hiring decisions

Small and medium-sized enterprises are more positive about their ability to take hiring decisions once the UK leaves the EU than larger firms, research from recruitment giant Adecco has found.

The Adecco Group UK and Ireland’s Spring Brexit tracker, released this morning, reveal that one-third (34%) of SMEs think they have enough information to make recruitment decisions post-Brexit compared with just 22% of larger organisations that appear more unsure of how Brexit will affect them. 

The quarterly tracker also shows that almost half of respondents (43%) think Brexit will have a negative impact on their organisation.

Commenting on the findings, Alex Fleming, country head and president of staffing and solutions for the Adecco Group UK and Ireland, said: “The delayed Brexit deadline should be seen as an opportunity for organisations to get their workforces ready for a future outside the EU. Clear and consistent communication with staff is one way to ensure organisations are able to retain existing talent.

“It's equally important to ensure that organisations are fuelling their own talent pipeline by upskilling employees with both technical and soft skills. These are all factors for companies to take into consideration now, regardless of whether or not they get more clarity around what the final Brexit deal will look like.”

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