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Recession forces small businesses into flexible hiring

Recession forces small businesses into flexible hiring Major new survey reveals how the recession has radically changed small businesses approach to hiring staff.
Europes biggest online business marketplace PeoplePerHour.com has published one of the most extensive surveys ever to be conducted on the UK small business sector. www.peopleperhour.com/UserFiles/Image/SmallBusinessSurvey2010.pdf
Based on an in-depth survey taken by 360 of PeoplePerHour.coms 73,000 users, the PPH Small Business Survey 2010 gives a comprehensive overview of the behaviour, opinions and habits of the UKs four million small businesses a sector that collectively accounts for more than 60 percent of the UKs turnover and employment.Perhaps the most interesting findings from the 14 page report was the response to the question about the impact of the global recession on UK small businesses: Which of the following constitute the main changes that have occurred within your business in the last two years?This question yielded some illuminating insights into how the recession has effected the way UK small businesses are being run. For example, 44 percent of respondents claimed to have increased their online presence and selling, reflecting the cost-saving potential of operating online. 35 percent cited their increase of flexible hiring as the most significant change brought about by the recession.Launched in early 2008, PeoplePerHour.com has grown rapidly on the back of the trend towards flexible hiring amongst small businesses.As our survey reveals, the recession forced 31 percent of small business owners to reassess their business strategy, says PeoplePerHour.com founder and CEO Xenios Thrasyvoulou. Perhaps the most fundamental change in their approach is the move towards flexible hiring hiring freelance workers on an ad-hoc basis, rather than making costly fulltime appointments.Feedback from our user base suggests that the advantages of this approach to hiring mean its not a temporary stop-gap measure, but its a fundamental change in the way businesses work. We think this will be one of the most enduring legacies of the recent recession.

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