Today's job figures haven't pleased the Federation of Small Businesses.
They "paint a worrying picture of a cooling labour market," said chairman Mike Cherry.
"Employment costs are spiralling, and are flagged as the number one cause of higher outgoings among small firms.
"Between pension contributions, rising wages, and national insurance, it’s a real challenge for small businesses to make new hires."
He called for greater assistance with managing the costs, adding: "Employer’s national insurance contributions serve as a jobs tax, and a disincentive to hire."