Small Business Owners are Hiring, but are Struggling to Find the Right Job Candidates

Scientific opinion poll finds small business owners are hiring, but those doing so are having a hard time finding candidates with the right background; they support programs such as apprentice and internships to identify and increase the number of qualified workers.

Key Findings

  • Majority of small business owners are hiring, yet struggle to find qualified workers: 54% of small employers say they have hired new employees over the past three years. However, despite business growth, the vast majority of entrepreneurs struggle to find qualified employees. A 56% majority identify “finding candidates with the right kind of experiences” as the biggest difficulty they face when hiring new employees; another 54% identify “finding candidates with the right education, skills or training.” A collective 95% of these small employers pick at least one response related to background, qualifications or experience when asked about their biggest difficulty when making new hires.
  • Small businesses support addressing job skills gap through apprenticeship programs: 55% of entrepreneurs say they are interested in employing and developing apprentices through a formal, structured training program.
  • Entrepreneurs are interested in implementing on-the-job training programs: More than six in 10 (61%) support implementing a structured, on-the-job training program for employees.

Publisher: Small Business Majority
Published: November 13, 2014

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