WERS 2004 Small Firms Report
Funded by: Small Business Service / Department of Trade and Industry / Acas
February 2006 to July 2006
Background, summary and aims
Background and Aims
This study aims to supplement the primary analysis of the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey by providing additional information on workplaces which belong to small and medium enterprises. Much of the past research on small firms is based on qualitative research. However, WERS 2004 surveyed a sizable number of small firms and so this study will provide valuable quantitative data to complement the qualitative research. The research considers how employment practices differ between workplaces situated in firms of different sizes, and how employees' experiences of work differ depending on the size of the enterprise.