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SME career prospects undervalued by jobseekers, says study

Filed under: Recruitment General — Stephanie on September 20, 2013

A new totaljobs.com study has revealed that jobseekers in the UK are largely uninformed when it comes to the worth of small and medium enterprises as potential employers.

Around a third (28%) stated that they hadn’t even thought about applying to smaller firms. More than half (51%) were under the false impression that fewer opportunities exist when it comes to progressing their career. Additionally, more than a third (34%) thought of SMEs as being a less attractive option due to lower salaries. Those seeking information security vacancies and other positions may do well to give more consideration to SMEs, as small firms could be attracting fewer applicants.

However, the study also revealed how 34% feel that the working environment within an SME would be preferable to the environment presented by a larger company. Respondents said they believe it is easier to form relationships in a close-knit environment.

The totaljobs.com website director, John Salt, said:

“Despite the fact that the UK SME sector is booming, our research shows a perception among jobseekers that larger companies offer better career progression and salaries. In fact, the opposite is often the case; employees are more likely to be noticed in a SME and rewarded with promotions and pay rises, whereas it’s easier to be overlooked at larger companies.”

Salt went on to say that SMEs should be doing a better job of communicating the opportunities and advantages of being employed by a small company. He pointed to their value to the economy and the opportunities they provide to learn, grow and succeed.

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