Contractor Accounting Firm Danbro Believe The Contractor Workforce Could Be The Answer For Skills Shortage Within Medium Sized Firms

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Findings from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) highlight the worrying skills shortage within the UK, however, the contractor workforce could play a pivotal role during this period.

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Professional contractors not only offer a variety of skills and experience but also provide flexibility during an organisations time of growth; something I believe is critical for SME’s during uncertain times.

According to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), medium sized businesses across the UK are not reaching their potential due to severe skills shortages.

A survey of 75,000 employees highlighted the lack of skills and the UKCES described the findings as ‘endangering the UK’s economic recovery’.

The survey results identified that 15% of firms had reported a vacancy due to a lack of skills within their market. Furthermore, 9 in 10 firms said that the difficulty to recruit workers with adequate skills had impacted on their ability to expand.

Danbros Managing Director, Damian Broughton said:

“Based on the findings of the survey, the country is experiencing a worrying shortage in skills across the board and there is no question that it needs to be addressed. However, the survey hasn’t taken into account the highly skilled and experienced pool of contractors that have played a critical role in bringing some stability to the UK economy.”

“Professional contractors not only offer a variety of skills and experience but also provide flexibility during an organisations time of growth; something I believe is critical for SME’s during uncertain times.”

The survey found that the majority of skills shortages resided within skilled trades such as electricians, mechanics, welders, engineers where 1/3 of positions were hard to fill.

About Danbro

Danbro are the UK’s leading firm of contractor accountants offering a PAYE umbrella service as well as limited company accounting services. The aim being to maximise the net take home pay of contract, freelance and temporary workers.

The firm were crowned winners of ‘Business of the Year’ & ‘Employer of the Year’ at the 2011 BIBA awards and were also nominated finalists at the British Accountancy Awards for North West’s Independent firm of the year 2011.

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