New survey finds employment legislation including pension requirements, dismissal rules and sickness absence rules deter sole traders from taking on first employee
• Sole traders’ ambition to take on staff decreases with time
• Reform needed to encourage 3.6m sole traders in the UK to become future employers
In a report released today (Tuesday), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) calls upon the government to encourage the UK’s sole traders to take on their first employee by exempting them from burdensome employment legislation. The report’s findings are based on a new survey of more than 1,000 business owners, who identified new pension requirements, dismissal rules and sickness absence as the top three barriers to taking on their first staff member.