Can the UK meet demand for Labour after Brexit
Recruiting to meet demand for sectors most reliant on EU workers is a huge challenge. At present EU workers make up around 7% of the workforce in the UK, but in some; the concentration is far more. For example a third of the workers in food processing, 18% in warehousing, logistics and waste management are from the EU.
These EU workers are extremely important to our economy and less EU workers are applying for roles and more leaving the UK than before.
Willing and able?
Many employers are already finding it difficult to attract enough people for their jobs as there are simply not enough UK nationals willing and able to do the jobs which are currently being filled by EU workers, this maybe because the positions are seen as “low-status” and/or requires too much physical labour.
Employers should focus on improving automation
With automation possible for larger companies it is too expensive for SMEs, and many jobs are simply not automatable. Furthermore a lot of employers have already automated as much as currently can with the technology that is available.
Safeguarding the jobs market
Brexit is causing a lot of anxiety as many employers are thinking about scaling down operations and/or relocating. EU national workers are unable to plan ahead. With these are very real threats to our jobs market it could effect the UK’s economic recovery.
Decisions need to be made right away to minimise uncertainty and stop deterring EU nationals from working in the UK, also it is important that they feel welcome to live and work in the UK. A big step in the right direction would be to secure an agreement on EU workers’ rights to remain.
We need the government to go into the EU negotiations having listened to business leaders concerns with a clear appreciation of the needs of the UK jobs market.