Job number totals show mixed picture

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Matlock knitwear firm John Smedley tops the employees table this year, with 396 staff, after last year’s biggest employer Yorkshire Repak shed 79 jobs.

The Barnsley-based contract repackager still came second, with 354 on the roll, although it slipped from 11th to 52nd on the main table.

Alfreton women’s fashion house David Nieper was third with 234 employees, a number which is set to rise after the firm advertised 40 jobs in October.

The rest of the Top100 have fewer than 200 employees each.

Among the top 20 employers, X-Cel Superturn, based in Sheffield, put on the biggest increase, hiring 24 new people – an increase of 21 per cent. Johnson Bros (Tours) of Worksop came second, with 21 new staff.

In the Sheffield area as a whole, the Top100 SMEs posted a dramatic 35 per cent increase in employees to a total of 2,396, up from 1,770 last year.

Other big increases occurred in Dronfield, which went from 11 to 59 employees, a rise of 436 per cent, and in Retford which put on 22 jobs, a rise of 183 per cent.

The total number at all Top 100 SME companies rose by 1.28 per cent on last year, from 8,307 to 8,413.

Mexborough had 110 fewer employees in SME companies this year compared to last.

Worksop was 55 down and Rotherham went from 937 to 772 jobs in Top100 SME companies.

The manufacturing sector had 13.84 per cent growth, up from 2,443 to 2,781 jobs.

Retail posted a bigger rise, up 24 per cent from 290 jobs to 360.

The service sector suffered a drop of -3.74 per cent, down from 4,470 people employed to 4,303.