Smes utilising freelancers to plug skills gap


A new survey of 1,000 UK small business owners found that more than two-thirds (67 per cent) are harnessing freelance professionals to plug skills gaps within their company.

The report from PeoplePerHour finds that SMEs are increasingly dependent on freelance talent to provide flexible, highly-skilled labour.

On average, small firms are using four freelancers for every one employee, commissioning 41 hours of freelance work every month.

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of SMEs surveyed said that freelancers help them cover additional workload without having to increase permanent overheads. However, regional skills gaps have also been cited as a key reason that freelancers are used, with 55 per cent of firms using freelancers to fill positions that local applicants lack the skills for.