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UK Leads the Way in Start-Up Job Creation

Posted by on May 11, 2015

In the beginning of 2012, 553,761 people were employed by businesses launched in the UK that year with 242,400 start-ups created, according to research conducted by the business consultancy Rousseau Associates. This is in comparison to 398,521 employees in start-ups in France, and just 346,556 in Germany!

Rousseau Associates has pointed out that a comparison of the number of new jobs created by start-ups per head of population emphasises the ambition and scope of new businesses in the UK, with UK start ups creating more than twice as many new jobs per head of population than those in Germany.europe-609118_640.jpg

UK start-ups created almost 1,000 new jobs per 100,000 people, German start-ups 424, and French start-ups 627.

Business development director at Rousseau Associates, Michael Heath has said, '(These figures) show that the current wave of start-ups in the UK is very much more than one-man bands starting up in response to job losses during the recession. They are aiming for much more than simply to replace a lost wage.'

'Our start-ups are being driven by ambitious risk-taking entrepreneurs. The levels of job creation are indicators that many start-ups have a clear strategic vision and the goal of developing into successful businesses of some size.'

The National Insurance Employment Allowance, which was introduced last year to enable employers to reduce their NI bills by up to £2,000 per year, has been a particularly strong benefit for start-ups, by reducing the cost of taking on a first employee, adds Heath.

The new national insurance exemption for under 21s which came into force this April will also help start-ups to create more jobs.

However, Rousseau Associates has warned that pressure to increase the minimum wage could act as a brake on start-ups and smaller businesses’ ability to create more jobs.

The minimum wage is currently set at £6.50 per hour, while the so-called ‘living wage’ backed by campaigners is 20 per cent higher outside London at £7.85, and 41 per cent higher in London at £9.15.

Says Michael Heath, 'Bigger businesses with wider margins might be able to swallow the costs of increases to the minimum wage, but smaller businesses and start-ups tend have to operate on tight margins in order to gain a foothold in the market.

'Of course it is important that work is rewarding, but small businesses are often well-placed to offer other benefits that some employees see as a trade-off for lower pay.'