Majority of recruitment firms fear implications of no-deal Brexit

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When professional recruitment firms were asked if they expect a no-deal Brexit to have an immediate impact on access to talent, over half (58%) said ‘yes’.

A significant number of recruitment companies are concerned about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit, revealed a new report.

A survey by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) found that 87% of the professional recruitment firms polled are concerned about the implications should freedom of movement end in a no-deal scenario.

This is despite the fact that individuals from the EU will now have until at least December 2020 to apply for pre-settled or settled status.

When quizzed on whether they believe there is sufficient access to clear guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme (a Home Office initiative designed to provide EU citizens and their families with a route to living and working in the UK after the country leaves the bloc), 55% said ‘no’.

Tania Bowers, Legal Counsel at APSCo, commented, “It is unsurprising that the professional recruitment sector is worried about how the current political turmoil may impact access to talent in Britain and the rights of UK nationals working in Europe. While the government has now stepped away from plans to impose an overnight cut-off on free movement on October 31st, uncertainty remains.”

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Bowers added, “We are concerned that UK nationals working in the EEA have very little clarity on their status in the event of a no deal Brexit as this will depend on the position taken by each of the EU 27 separately. Furthermore, the Government’s white paper, with its focus on Tier 2 employed status, fails to consider the loss of EU self-employed contractors to the domestic workforce.”

“EU citizens living and working in the UK can now apply for the Settlement Scheme, while those arriving between Brexit day and the end of 2020 will be able to apply for temporary leave to remain. However, despite these mechanisms being in place, staffing firms and employers are left with the challenges of reassuring and supporting existing European workers and encouraging EU candidates to come to the UK at this uncertain time.”

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