Finding right workers difficult, but majority of small businesses support vaccine mandates: US Chamber of Commerce

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October 29, 2021

While hiring people with the right skills remains difficult, a majority of US small businesses support vaccine mandates, according to a survey released this week by the US Chamber of Commerce and MetLife.

Nearly half, 49%, of small businesses that are actively hiring say it is difficult to find candidates with the skills they need, according to the survey. That’s up from 34% in a similar poll in June.

Small businesses are also finding it harder to fill open positions, with 44% saying that is the case in this week’s survey versus 26% in the June survey.

Meanwhile, a majority of small business owners are OK with Covid-19 vaccine mandates.

The survey found 64% of small business owners support businesses in their area requiring vaccines for their employees with both the Biden administration’s proposed mandate and business-initiated mandates receiving equal support. In addition, 60% support businesses in their area requiring proof of vaccination from their customers.

In addition, 61% already, or are likely to, require their own staff to be vaccinated.

Looking ahead to a return to normal, 56% of small business owners see a return to normal as between six months and one year away. However, businesses with less than half their employees vaccinated are more likely to say the climate will never return to normal at 26% compared to 8% in companies with more than half of employees vaccinated.

The survey included 500 small business owners and took place between Sept. 30 and Oct. 7.

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