Pity the little guy

300,000 jobs unfilled in small business sector
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/07/2001

Nearly one out of every 20 jobs in small- and medium-size businesses are going unfilled, hurting employers and the economy as a whole, according to a new study by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Almost half of respondents (47.8 per cent) to the survey of more than 8,000 firms across the country, say they are having trouble finding staff and 67 per cent of all companies that hired in the last year said the difficulty in hiring has slowed their growth.

“Given that small- and medium-sized business accounts for more than half of GDP in this country, this is a serious economic issue,” said Catherine Swift, president of the federation.