Number of EU workers looking for UK jobs drops

The number of EU workers looking for jobs in the UK has plummeted by more than 40% in some member states, according to research by recruitment website, CV-Library.

According to the data, searches on the website from users in Belgium, Slovenia and the Netherlands dropped substantially since the UK referendum vote.

Belgians looking for work in the UK fell by 48% between 2016 and 2017, whilst in Slovenia, searches fell 27%. There was a 22% drop in jobseekers from the Netherlands looking for prospects in the UK, and interest from Romania fell 20%.

Lee Biggins, Founder of CV-Library, comments:  “Our data brings to light the concerns among EU workers around Brexit, with those living in other European countries clearly pulling back the reins on their UK job applications.”

Post-Brexit recruitment is causing widespread concern across the UK, with certain sectors that rely on EU labour already suffering from a talent drought. Currently, around 2.2million European Union nationals work in Britain, making up seven per cent of the workforce.

A recent leaked Government whitepaper detailing its post-Brexit immigration policy which proposed that free movement would end in March 2019, sparked criticism from a number of industry leaders.

The Home Office documents, which were leaked to The Guardian, also ostracised low-skilled workers coming from the EU, proposing that they have a maximum of two years residency.

Industry stalwart, and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) Chief Executive Kevin Green, who has already issued warnings regarding the state of the UK labour force post-Brexit, is hoping that the Government rethinks their strategy and considers a new immigration system. He said: “It’s important that the government talks to recruiters and employers who understand the realities of various sectors of the labour market and that policy isn’t drafted on the basis of broad terms like ‘low skilled’ and ‘high skilled’ which can be interpreted in many different ways.”

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