In the period since June 2016, the combination of strong labour demand, low unemployment and a dramatic 95% fall in EU nationals joining the UK workforce between Q1 2018 and Q1 2016, has put significant pressure on recruitment. Recent data noted that 44% of employers experienced greater difficulty in recruitment during 2018, as another 34% faced a similar challenge in retaining staff.
Given the shrinking supply of skills and labour, Brexit has not dampened employers’ interest in employing EU migrant workers. At the beginning of 2018, some two-thirds of organisations said they would continue to employ EU nationals, whilst in 2017, CIPD research found that the proportion of employers who intended to recruit EU migrants was largely the same as the proportion doing so in 2016, across all sectors.
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