Britain is scheduled to leave the EU very soon but with policies and regulations yet to be revealed by the government, there is a lot of uncertainty for EU citizens that live and work in the UK.
It has been reported in figures from the Office for National Statistics that for the year ending March 2019, EU migration to the UK has drastically declines. Figures show that the drastic reduction has fallen by around 59,000. Overall immigration for the purpose of work has fallen to 214,000 which is the lowest we have ever seen it since 2003.
The REC Report of Jobs showed that there is a worrying lack of talent in sectors such as engineering, IT and healthcare. This lack of talent in these areas looks set to increase after the Brexit deadline of 31st October.
If there was to be an agreement with the EU then some legislation over the free movement agreement would be retained. However, Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed that if we had a case of no-deal in October then the freedom of movement would come to a halt as of 1st November 2019. This adds further uncertainty to the Brexit situation and EU citizens working in the UK.
Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at REC has said that the government must stop posturing and urgently develop a transition plan. This transition plan needs to ensure that EU citizens that are currently working in the UK feel welcomed and can continue to do so from day one, after Brexit. Tom added that he is shocked the government continues to leave businesses and EU citizens in the dark with minimal clarity on the biggest questions, with just weeks to go until Brexit.
The UK is becoming less and less attractive to EU workers. The lack of clarity in regards to what no-deal means for EU citizens working in the UK, partnered with a weak pound, means EU workers are deciding the UK is not the place for them.
If you have EU citizens working within your business and you are concerned about what happens after Brexit please contact Aspire Cambridge directly on 01223 855440. We are able to offer advice and guidance on how you can manage the Brexit uncertainty with minimal disruption to your workforce and business.