Reorganisation and the end of the war brought no immediate relief to Taylor & Francis. Paper supplies gradually improved, though even at the close of the 1940s paper for periodicals remained subject to restriction. But the main problem was the recruitment of skilled labour. It was estimated at the end of 1945 that, even when demobilisation had been completed, the printing and binding trades would still be some 10000 skilled operators short of their pre-war establishment. When Taylor & Francis tried to recruit twenty men at this time, they actually found only three. Even so, the company did relatively well, having thirtyfive compositors in 1947 compared with twenty-eight ten years earlier.