New research from the UK’s biggest employer body has revealed that that small and medium-sized firms are leading the way post-Brexit with a positive balance of 32% expecting to add jobs in the next 12 months.

However, the CBI/Pertemps survey also revealed that almost two-thirds of companies (64 per cent) viewed the skills gap as the top threat to competitiveness, while over half (58 per cent) said it was the biggest worry for the future.

The CBI’s deputy-director general Josh Hardie, said the overall figures, which showed a fourth consecutive year running of intended job growth, suggested a positive trend for UK businesses despite the shock of Brexit.

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