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Resourcing for Growth
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In conjunction with our partners in this report – the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME); we surveyed 563 micro, small and medium businesses from across Ireland, in all industries. We asked about their potential for growth and the barriers to that growth. What are their challenges around hiring staff, if any? This report will detail those responses and our recommendations based on the findings.


According to our SME report "Resourcing for Growth" only 38% of Irish SMEs believe they can compete with multinationals when recruiting skilled staff.

Of the SMEs surveyed, 81% believe recruitment is an important part of their business strategy, and 75% are more confident now than 12 months ago about their company’s potential for growth. Despite this optimism, 41% of respondents feel one of the biggest obstacles to growth is the ability and resources to recruit the right staff in an increasingly competitive market. Two thirds of SMEs have not received training around hiring staff and 78% have little or no knowledge of employment law.


The report recommends greater training support for SMEs to help them with recruitment and attraction strategies. In response we developed a seven step online toolkit, called The Recruitment Roadmap.

The Recruitment Roadmap guides SME employers through all stages of the recruitment process from planning the strategy to on-boarding new employees.

In addition, we will be demonstrating the Recruitment Toolkit as part of ISME’s upcoming nationwide briefing sessions. To register for one of the upcoming events around Ireland, please visit ISME website.


You can download Hays SME report "Resourcing for Growth" in pdf.

If you would like to order a copy of the report, please contact Hays at (01) 897 2492.

Visit the The Recruitment Roadmap webpage here.

View the presentation from our the report's launch event