Recruiters offer helping hand to get EU agency workers through the Brexit mire

In an effort to allay fears over the future situation in the UK, recruiters are reaching out to EU agency workers.

As confusion reigns over whether the UK is headed for a no-deal Brexit, Brexit with a deal or no Brexit at all, recruiters are trying to provide them with as much information as possible.

The Best Connection (TBC) revealed it has designated Alex Dirman, a project manager in the agency’s onsite connection team, to deliver a series of Brexit informational projects.

According to the agency, Dirman, a Romanian citizen living in the UK for the past six years, is playing a key role in delivering the Brexit Communication both internally and externally for the company by championing the following projects:

  • Brexit informational web page for all EU workers
  • Brexit informational notices/handouts with QR code option integrated and translated in multiple EU languages
  • Social media campaign
  • A Brexit survey for temporary workers
  • Weekly internal updates to guide all TBC staff on how best to support EU workers and where to find all necessary information.

Meanwhile Pavan Arora, head of talent development at Acorn Recruitment, told Recruiter the agency is supporting EU workers by sending out Brexit update mailers to those on its database to give them the latest information on applying to the EU settlement scheme.

“We have also been regularly sharing links to information we have posted on our website on the subject on social media,” he said.

“Acorn’s consultants are up to date with the latest Brexit information so they are prepared to offer support and answer questions in branch. As it is a complicated process we have also advised that if agency workers need assistance in completing a Settlement Scheme application, they can contact their local Acorn branch where they will be able to access a computer if they don’t have access to one at home.

“We are also encouraging our EU agency workers to complete the application process to stay within the UK and continue to work for Acorn and our clients post-Brexit – whatever that Brexit looks like. At Acorn we will do whatever we can to support our clients to employ and retain the staff they need for their businesses. For many of our clients EU workers are a pivotal part of their workforce – which is why information, help and support is needed across the board, for workers and companies alike at this time of uncertainty.”

And a spokesperson for Blue Arrow told Recruiter it, too, is sharing as much advice on the EU settlement scheme with its EU contingent workers.

“If ‘no deal’ is the outcome in October, a first step will be to reassure everyone who may understandably be worried that the deadline for the settlement application isn’t until 31 December 2020,” the spokesperson added.

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