Bosses quizzed on how to get good staff

Published 24th May 2017 at 9:36am

Bosses across the region are being asked what carrots they offer to get and keep good staff.

In a new survey backed by the Sheffield City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership and run by four regional Chambers of Commerce, employers – many of whom are reporting recruitment difficulties – are being asked what incentives help them attract and retain valuable workers.  This is the second in 2017 in the series of quarterly economic surveys run by the Chambers.

The results will be presented at a free Quarterly Economic Survey Breakfast on Tuesday 18 July with a keynote speech on the economy by Alistair Cunningham, Bank of England, and a panel discussion looking at business recruitment difficulties.

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The Chambers’ survey is running in parallel with research the City Region’s Skills Team is currently running into pinning down the exact nature of the skills employers say are lacking in the workforce. This is online at

“Taken together the two pieces of research will be invaluable in helping us plan future support,“ said Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the LEP. “We know that a skilled, stable workforce is vital for the future of the region’s economy, and this information will help us provide the support employers need.”

  • Publications summarising the Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) results reflecting business trends, local economy, skills and labour and international trade are available on the QES website:
  • The survey results are used by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and four Chambers of Commerce to help set the mandate for their work, to provide the appropriate business services, and to lobby the local, regional and national governments and decision-makers on issues affecting business.
  • The regional QES results are fed into the national Quarterly Economic Survey, run by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which receives over 8,000 responses from firms nationwide each quarter. The survey acts as an economic indicator and is used by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee as a key benchmark when setting interest rates.
  • For more information about the Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Survey, contact Rebecca Leam, Communications Officer, Doncaster Chamber: 01302 640137

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