less number / a less number of people

Hello, there, 

Would you please help me?

Which one/s of the following sentences is/are CORRECT?

  • You should have hired less number of people because too many cooks spoil the broth.
  • You should have hired a less number of people because too many cooks spoil the broth.
  • You should have hired a few number of people because too many cooks spoil the broth.
  • You should have hired fewer number of people because too many cooks spoil the broth.

 

Many thanks ...

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