Skip to main content

SME Data Hub

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

Use the drop-downs to select a year and quarter to look at the data we collected at that time.

Accessing the data

This data is free for you to use. All we ask is that you credit 'Close Brothers Asset Finance' if you do use it.

Select the year/quarter: Each 'wave' was collected at a specific time. Just select from the drop-down (above) the year/quarter you wish to view. 

Choose a question set: Below you can also choose different question sets to select data about a specific category or topic. 

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.

Recruitment

49

%

of firms think there is a skills shortage in either their sector ( 36%) or region (13)

Summary

Published March 2021

Many sectors are continuing to battle a significant skills shortage, struggling to attract talent to their businesses. We look at how confident firms feel about being able to recruit adequately skilled staff and whether they’ve considered investing in staff training to help fill the skills gap

Questions

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

I don't think there will be any problem 73.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 20%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 0%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 6.7%
I don't think there will be any problem 45.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 27.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 18.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 47.4%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 21.1%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 21.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 33.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 33.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 13.3%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 20%
I don't think there will be any problem 44%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 24%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 16%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 16%
I don't think there will be any problem 38.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 38.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 11.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 36.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 13.3%
I don't think there will be any problem 48.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 24.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 18.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 9.1%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 20.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 29.2%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 30.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 19.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 23.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 26.9%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 25%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.5%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 12.5%
I don't think there will be any problem 60%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 20%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 20%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 66.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 22.2%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 11.1%
I am concerned for other reasons 0%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 0%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 60%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 33.3%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 16.7%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 76.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 20%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 3.3%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 50%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 37.5%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 12.5%
Don't know 0%
I don't think there will be any problem 46.8%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my sector 40.7%
I am concerned as I think there is a skills gap in my region 10.9%
Don't know 1.6%

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 26.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 53.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 20%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 27.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 18.2%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 54.5%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 21.1%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 42.1%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 36.8%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 33.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 40%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 26.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 28%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 40%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 32%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 19.2%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 34.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 46.2%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 20%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 50%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 30%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 33.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 27.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 39.4%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 33.3%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 25%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 41.7%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 11.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 15.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 73.1%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 47.5%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 10%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 42.5%
Other 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 66.7%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 33.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 76.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 15.4%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 7.7%
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 50%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
Other 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 55.6%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 33.3%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 11.1%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 79.4%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 20.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 0%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 42.9%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 28.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 28.6%
Other (please specify) 0%
Yes, we have invested in training but we still lack the skills we need 69.8%
Yes, we have considered training but can't afford it 17.6%
We don't think training for existing staff is the answer 12.1%
Other (please specify) 0.5%
Back to top