Over half of SMEs support government adviser Adrian Beecroft’s controversial proposals on no-fault dismissals, according to a report from Barclay Meade.
The Tracking UK Recruitment report interviewed 300 owners and directors of small and medium-sized business across the business services, financial services, manufacturing and supply chain industries.
The report shows 54% of employers support Adrian Beecroft’s report recommendations which include allowing firms employing less than 10 people to opt out of seven different employment laws for new workers, scrapping plans for equal pay audits and allowing larger companies to give only 30 days’ notice for collective redundancies involving over 100 workers. The no fault dismissals were opposed by the Liberal Democrats and unions.
The report reveals that there are still strong pockets of growth in the UK, especially in areas where high skilled candidates are in demand, such as the automotive and oil and gas sectors. However, optimism among employers about the future was at its lowest point since the report began in 2010.
The report was conducted in 2012 in the first quarter that it was confirmed that the UK economy had fallen back into a double-dip recession. It paints a disparate picture, with stagnating levels of recruitment and falling business confidence tempered by some pockets of positivity around the UK.