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Becky Nicholls, Peter Jones and Emma Briers of The HR Dept

Swindon employers are ready to recruit, says new survey

Half of all SMEs in Swindon are looking to recruit at least one new member of staff during the next six months.

That’s the finding of a survey by The HR Dept, an HR outsource business for small and medium sized businesses, which also found that only four percent were likely to lay off staff in the near future.

The HR Dept surveyed its SME client base and response from its customers serves as a barometer of confidence for the wider economic background.

Peter Jones, director of The HR Dept Swindon said: “Clients are now looking to the future and as we start to pull clear of the doldrums of the last few years, more businesses will want to increase their capacity to grow which is great for the economy.

“The key and the challenge – regardless of the role being recruited for – remains recruiting the right people with the right skills to do the job, we often hear from our clients that they may receive plenty of applications for roles advertised but the quality of candidates isn’t sufficient for what they are looking for.”

The survey also asked customers to rate their satisfaction with the firm – which has 50 offices across the UK. Swindon scored a laudable 9.43 out of 10.