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Staffing problems as an obstacle to UK small and medium enterprises 2019

Small and medium enterprises' (SME) expectations of the extent to which staffing problems will be an obstacle to running the business in the next 12 months in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 2nd quarter 2019, by enterprise size*

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Number of respondents

4,500 respondents

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Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

* Respondents were asked to rate (from 1 to 10) the extent to which they expected staffing problems to be an obstacle to them running the business as they would wish in the next 12 months. The following scale was used:
1-4 = a minor obstacle
5-7 = a moderate obstacle
8-10 = a major obstacle
The respondent was the person in charge of managing the business’s finances. Data was collected via interview.
**In order to qualify for interview, SMEs had to meet the following criteria in addition to the quotas by size, sector and region:
Not 50%+ owned by another company
Not run as a social enterprise or as a not for profit organisation
Turnover of less than £25m

Not all percentages sum to 100. This is due to rounding.

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