Brexit delay gives confidence to EU workers

EU workers are seemingly more confident about coming to work in the UK, following the recent Brexit extension.

Earlier this month, EU leaders granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit, and although this hasn’t resulted in a boost in numbers of jobs on recruiters’ books across the board, there are signs EU workers are more relaxed about coming to work in the UK.

In a statement, released by Tiger Recruitment late last week, the PA and secretarial staffing specialist revealed it had witnessed a 29% month-on-month increase in new roles in the first two weeks of April, and an 85% rise in new clients over the same period, compared to the first two weeks of March.

The agency’s CEO David Morel attributed the trend to a shift in attitude among employers towards the Brexit uncertainty, commenting: “It’s highly unusual for us to see a spike in hiring at this time of year. It seems that many employers had put their growth and hiring plans on hold until a Brexit deal was agreed, but the latest delay has convinced many to plough on regardless.

“Not only do they now have six months’ reprieve until the new deadline, but smart businesses have also decided to break out of the ongoing limbo they’ve found themselves in over recent months. By ramping up their hiring, they’re taking back control of their business fortunes.”

And Ricky Martin, managing director at Hyper Recruitment Solutions and former Apprentice winner, told Recruiter it’s business as usual for the science staffing specialist.

“I wouldn’t say this is a reality our side. It has been business as usual over the past six months. The only difference has been less panic on the side of EU workers considering roles in the UK or current EU contractors.”

Greg Wood, director at healthcare recruiter Your World Recruitment, agrees. He told Recruiter his agency has witnessed a renewed confidence among EU workers about coming to work in the UK.

“We have found since the deadline has been extended there has been a renewed confidence in EU workers to come to the UK. They seem to be more readily accepting that they could have a career in the UK and come to work in the UK. Confidence has definitely increased in their thought process.”

But David Taylor, MD at telco staffing specialist First Point Group, told Recruiter his agency’s volume of roles has remained constant since Britain’s Brexit extension.

“We have not seen a boost in roles since Brexit extension. I am pleased to say our volume of roles has remained relatively constant for the past few months, with little consequence of leaving or not leaving the EU on number of roles.”

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