How will Brexit affect the industry, freedom of movement and labour market?
The UK Government has indicated that free movement will end once we have left the European Union in 2019. There are many potential concerns for the Motor Trade, not least those fuelled by uncertainty and fear, however one potential challenge, especially in an already shallow talent pool is the impact Brexit may have on accessing Motor Trade candidates.
With EU nationals making up over 7 per cent of the UK’s workforce and being over-represented in low and middle-skilled roles, the impact of an end to free movement will be a significant challenge for businesses, particularly those who specialise in sectors with some reliance on EU workers.
We understand this natural uncertainty and wish to reassure clients we work with, that in this time of uncertainty our Talent Pool is actually Growing, we have made unprecedented investment in Talent Attraction, resulting in some staggering numbers: at least 35 new applications a day every day, 130,000 views of our vacancy adverts monthly and 146 new users of our ‘logged-in candidate’ services daily.
Our Automotive Candidate Talent Pool is now the largest and fastest-growing of all recruiters in the UK.
So we’ve got you covered!
However, the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019 is a possible outcome that could have an impact on your business. In order to prepare for this outcome, we have produced a checklist of a few questions you might need to consider with links to further official advice and professional resources.
- Do you currently employ EU Nationals?
If so, you should be encouraging them to sign up to the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme – the Government has produced EU citizens and their families who live in the UK before 31 October still have until 31 December 2020 to apply for settled status. However, given the uncertainty in how the UK immigration system may work in a ‘no-deal’ scenario, there is a sense in being safe. EU citizens who have settled status are able to have permanent leave to remain. However, employers will not need to check this until at the earliest 1 January 2021. Take a look at the government Tool Kit.
- Are you planning to employ EU nationals in the future?
If there is no-deal, the Government has announced that there will be an interim EU immigration period from the day after the UK leaves the EU until 31 December 2020. In this period, EU citizens and their family members will be able to move and work to the UK as they do now. Right to work checks for employers of EU citizens will remain the same as they are now. Worth checking the Home Office advice.
Yes, we know! We all spent ages going through this last year but in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit things might be different, check out the ICO website.
It seems the government and organisations are preparing for a ‘No-Deal’ option! We’re not.
We do a deal every 40 minutes of every day! And we will continue to partner a client with a candidate at that same rate; deal-or-no-deal.
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