1/19/2011 12:34:00 PM
74% of SMEs to introduce flexible working this year
Orange’s drive into the SME sector and convergence solutions is backed by its recent research into SMEs’ plans for 2011. The research shows that nearly three-quarters (74%) of SMEs are considering or planning to introduce flexible working options in 2011, citing staff efficiency as the main driver.
This move to flexible working is supported by more than half of SMEs (52%) planning to spend more on information technology in 2011 than in 2010, with communications equipment as the top technology to support their business.
The research also showed that around a quarter (26%) of SMEs plan to hire more staff in 2011 than they did in 2010. The survey of 2,181 UK SMEs also found that many businesses were optimistic that 2011 will be a positive year, with 76% evenly split in predicting either a more prosperous year for their business or the same level of success as 2010.