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SME Data Hub

1,000 UK SME owners across a range of sectors, regions and sizes, are surveyed regularly by specialist independent researcher, Kantar, on Close Brothers’ behalf.

Select a year and quarter to review the data we collected at that time.

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Filter the data: Use the filters on the right to see the results split by gender, location, turnover, and industry. 

Compare data: If the same question has been asked in other years/quarters, you can use the drop-down underneath each chart to see how results have changed over time.

Questions

How confident do you feel about being able to recruit adequately skilled staff?

I don't think there will be any problem 42.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.6%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 5.7%
I don't think there will be any problem 40.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9%
I don't think there will be any problem 42.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 35.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 39.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 7.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 44%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 36.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.7%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 41.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.6%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 8.6%
I don't think there will be any problem 48.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 39.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 8.8%
Don't know 3.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 42.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 36.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.4%
I am concerned for other reasons 3.8%
Don't know 3.8%
I don't think there will be any problem 50.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 34.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.7%
Don't know 3.4%
I don't think there will be any problem 46.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.8%
Don't know 2%
I don't think there will be any problem 50.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.6%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 6.5%
Don't know 2.7%

Have you considered investing in staff training to help fill the skills gap?

Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 42.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 28.6%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 43.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 27.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 40.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 29.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 29.6%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 42.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 30.9%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 26.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 38.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 32.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 38.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 30.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 50%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 34.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 15.3%
Other 0.4%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 49.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 29.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 13%
Other 0%
Don't know 8.1%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 46.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 36.5%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 16%
Other 1.1%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 45.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 32.8%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 19.6%
Other (please specify) 2.1%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 51.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 31.7%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 15.1%
Other (please specify) 1.5%
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