Almost half of all small and medium sized enterprises in South Yorkshire intend to recruit new staff this year, according to research.
Yorkshire Bank found 46 per cent intend to hire more employees in 2014, leading to a jobs boost.
On average they expected to increase staff numbers by 3.8 per cent, potentially creating more than 446,000 new jobs in the UK.
Kevin Elliott, director of the bank’s business and private banking centre in Doncaster, said: “Enterprises in Yorkshire are now planning for growth and their desire to increase recruitment and invest in their staff is a clear sign business confidence is building. The creation of new jobs will help boost productivity as well as the economic recovery.”