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UK Recruitment Agencies Struggling With Labour Shortages

Posted 22nd November 2018 in News For Businesses

UK recruitment agencies and businesses are struggling to recruit overseas staff, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed.


With Brexit on the horizon, the CIPD claims that the shortage of migrants from both EU countries and non-EU countries reflects a falling interest in the UK as a destination for employment.


According to new official data, the number of UK-based workers who were not born in the UK fell by 58,000 between April to June of last year and April to June of this year. The CIPD compares this data to an increase of 263,000 between April-June 2016 and April-June 2017.


“The data implies that the pendulum has swung away from the UK as an attractive place to live and work for non-UK-born citizens, especially non-EU citizens, during a period of strong employment growth and low unemployment,” stated Gerwyn Davies, commenting on behalf of the CIPD.


“This has heightened recruitment difficulties for some employers.


“It also underlines the risk that more non-UK-born citizens and employers will be discouraged from using the post-Brexit system if more support is not provided and it is not made simpler, fairer and more affordable; especially for lower-skilled roles.


“Against the backdrop of a tight labour market, failure to do this will heighten recruitment difficulties and could lead to negative consequences for existing staff, such as higher workloads, and loss of business or orders for firms.”


UK recruitment agencies and businesses’ labour supply looks set to see further reductions from 2020 when migration restrictions for EU citizens are reduced, says the CIPD.

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