Theresa May’s decision to delay the parliamentary vote on her proposed deal prolongs the Brexit uncertainty that is causing enormous damage to the economy, as new evidence emerges that firms are finding it harder and harder to find new staff with the right skill sets.
Brexit Uncertainty: Recruitment Problems
According to a new survey from Guidant Global, 39% of firms are now finding it more difficult to recruit new staff with the right skill sets due to continuing Brexit uncertainty, a situation that has been made even worse by Theresa May’s decision to delay the vote on her proposed deal yesterday. Given that there is little prospect that the EU will make any further concessions, the conclusion has to be that the Government are simply delaying the inevitable – a crushing defeat in terms of the parliamentary vote. By unnecessarily delaying the vote, and in turn an ultimate resolution, the Government is prolonging the Brexit uncertainty for businesses, who are in urgent need of clarity on the way ahead. The brexit uncertainty is also delaying legislation in other areas.
In its survey, Guidant Global interviewed 1500 UK business hiring managers, and also found that 25% of them believe that leaving the EU will have an adverse impact on their ability to recruit new staff with the right skill sets.
When asked what they needed:-
- 24% wanted clarity on immigration rules
- 23% believed free movement should be retained (for example, by joining the EEA)
- 14% wanted priority given to highly skilled workers in terms of the new immigration rules
- 11% would like a review of the shortage occupation list
- 10% wanted a review of the Tier 2 salary thresholds
- 5% stated that the Tier 5 youth mobility scheme should be extended
- 3% want the Tier 2 visa cap abolished
- 2% stated that the Tier 1 entrepreneurship route should be made easier
In response to the report highlighting the problem of brexit uncertainty on the recruitment sector, the Managing Director (EMEA) at Guidant Global, Simon Blockley, stated: “While Brexit is by no means the only external force influencing skills availability in the UK, as these findings illustrate, its impact is clearly significant. It has been widely documented that many UK businesses are finding it increasingly challenging to source the skills they need to prosper – and it is unsurprising that a significant proportion of employers are noting the effects of a slump in net migration from the EU on the ground. The current climate of uncertainty around Brexit is concerning on several levels. However, one thing is crystal clear: it is vital that future policy enables UK businesses to access the talent they need to thrive.”