UK Employers Find It Hard To Get Workers From EU

According to a revelation of the United Kingdom HR body, the CIPD, labour shortages are being faced by firms in the country and there is a “reversal” in the number of migrant worker in UK workplaces.

The outcome of the report – the shortage of both EU and non-EU migrants, indicates that there is a drop in interest in the UK as a destination for migrant workers in the face of an approaching Brexit, said the CIPD.

And firms are also finding it more difficult to fill in vacancies, the industry body said oin the basis of the study that was conducted among over 1,000 employers.

The CPID said that the shortage in workers has forced firms to increase pay rates.

The institute says that there is an acceleration of the shortages of  labour and skills among the employable workforce even though there is enough strength in the outlook for employment in the country in the short-term.

Between April to June last year, there was a drop in the number of non-UK-born workers in the UK by 58,000 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest official data and about 40,000 of that number were non-EU-born workers.

In the same period between 2016 and 2017, there was an increase of 263,000.

“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,” said Gerwyn Davies 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.”

The CIPD also noted that from 2021 when the possible migration restrictions for EU citizens are slated to be introduced and implemented, there would be further constraint in the UK labour supply situation especially in the low skilled job profiles.

It would not be enough to satisfy the recruitment needs of UK firms for lower-skilled job profiles through the main route for recruiting EU citizens as has been recently by the Migration Advisory Committee, and this is a cause of concern for employers.

Additionally, it would be a significant drag for UK employers using the current points-based system for non-EU citizens system for recruiting them, said one third of the employers interviewed. This new system is most likely to be adopted for EU citizens from 2021.

(Adapted from


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