Nearly 18 percent of companies plan to invest in the next three months, mainly in equipment and machinery; And every five years it intends to hire new employees in the near future – according to the study of the national debt registry “KoronaBilans SME”.
The number of companies planning to invest in their development is increasing – the authors of the study of the National Debt Registry of the Office of Economic Information “KoronaBilans SME” emphasized. 17.6% think so. business men. In the previous version of the survey, that percentage was 13%. Medium-sized companies (36.7%) and companies from the manufacturing sector (25.5%) will willingly invest their money. Micro-enterprises were less willing to do so (81% of negative responses) and representatives of the construction industry (78.6%).
With investments in the next three months in mind, more than half of the companies intend to purchase equipment or machinery. This has been the main objective of corporate investments since the first release of the survey (April 2020). New equipment is more likely to be purchased by small entrepreneurs (68%) and representatives of the manufacturing sector (71.4%).
– Corporate investment plans are a response to the improved economic situation and economic recovery resulting from easing restrictions, and the growing number of entrepreneurs thinking about development is certainly one effect of the anti-crisis shields that have provided companies with the means to survive – assessment by Jakob Kostik, President of Kaczmarski Inkasso, a The company cooperates with KRD. He said the planned investments would require more expenses because “some of this money is frozen in unpaid bills and bills.”
The latest “KoronaBilans SME” release also shows that the percentage of companies open to hiring new employees has been increasing since September. Compared to the previous survey, this percentage increased by more than 7 p. From 14.7 percent in February to 22 percent in May. New employees can be expected mainly in medium-sized enterprises, of which more than 43% plan to hire employees, and in construction companies (46.4%). Most companies planning new hires (71.2 per cent) intend to increase the composition of existing employees by no more than 10 per cent.
In contrast, 8 percent of employees are considering laying off workers. Companies – in February 2021, such plans were drawn up by 11 percent. companies. Most often (41.7%) it comes to a maximum reduction of 10%. crew. Nearly 17 per cent. Among the companies that plan to do so, he wants to lay off more than half of the team.
Commenting on the results of the PAP survey, the head of the National Debt Registry of the Bureau of Economic Information, Adam Cki, noted that the data of the Central Bureau of Statistics on the sequentially decreasing level of unemployment confirms that the number of entrepreneurs focused on hiring new people is increasing. “Companies realize that if the economy recovers slowly, they will soon need a larger workforce to meet the needs of the market and increasing consumption. Already, many industries cannot keep up with current demands” – he emphasizes.
The study also shows that companies leave the decision to vaccinate their employees. 52.9 percent of companies announce that they would not organize a vaccination point for their employees even if they had such a possibility (this is a 40-page decrease in the percentage of companies willing to organize vaccinations compared to the February survey). On the other hand, more than half of the companies that were reluctant to regulate vaccinations indicated that it should be an individual decision for each employee. Other reasons include few employees (23.3%) and there is no need to organize due to the fact that employees have already been vaccinated as part of government vaccination campaigns. The least interested in regulating vaccinations are small business owners (62%) and commercial companies (60%).
Among those who want their employees vaccinated, 67.7 percent. This is justified by the desire to increase the sense of security. A similar percentage (65.6%) wants to protect its employees from complications and COVID-19 infection. Nearly 40 per cent. Plan to do this for the convenience of the employees. Small and medium-sized companies, especially in the manufacturing industry, are the most eager to vaccinate themselves.
The eighth national study “KoronaBilans SME” was conducted by IMAS International in early April and May 2021 at the request of the National Debt Registry of the Bureau of Economic Information. It covered a group of 301 companies from the SME sector, including: micro (employing 3-9 people), small (10-49) and medium-sized (50-249). Search technology: CATI / CAWI.
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