But wages and profitability going backwards.
Profitability amongst Australian small businesses fell sharply during the quarter, according to the Sensis business index.
Confidence among small to medium businesses is on shaky grounds with a new survey revealing it has dropped to a low not seen since the global financial crisis.
New research released today in the June ARA Australian Retailers Index revealed a 24 per cent jump in confidence among SME retailers over the past quarter, with confidence rising to its highest level since August 2008.
New research released today in the March Australian Retailers Index revealed retailers are working hard to hold onto staff with 65 per cent of SME retailers maintaining staff levels.