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Small Business Hiring Challenges for 2020 [Infographic]

Small Business Saturday has come and gone, but hiring is a year-round effort for the 30.2 million and counting small businesses across the U.S. With today’s tight labor market and flourishing economy, these companies are experiencing growing pains – especially when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees who will help them remain competitive.  

To better understand the most pressing small business recruiting challenges heading into 2020, iHire surveyed 258 HR, hiring, recruiting, and staffing professionals from U.S. companies with fewer than 500 employees. Hailing from our 56 industry-focused talent communities, survey participants were asked to identify their biggest frustrations as they relate to their role in the hiring/recruiting process.

Small Business Recruiting Survey Results

iHire’s survey results reaffirmed a shortage of qualified talent for small business jobs – a challenge impacting employers of all sizes. Notably, a majority of respondents (64.2%) said “too many unqualified applicants” apply for their jobs, while 55.3% experienced a “low volume of applicants per job opening.”

To learn more about which recruiting trends small businesses will need to address in 2020, check out the survey findings detailed in the below infographic.


small business hiring challenges infographic

by: Kristina Kelly
December 02, 2019