Migrant worker numbers decreasing ahead of Brexit
Brexit is looming and with all the confusion regarding the likelihood of Theresa May’s deal being passed, some consequences are beginning to occur within the UK. The UK is decreasingly being recognised as a destination of choice for migrants that are looking for work overseas. The uncertainty shrouding the nation has clearly become a discouragement in the decision-making process.
A decrease in migrant workers entering the country does serve some unhealthy disadvantages in the UK job market. The CIPD has stated that the shortage will lead to greater skills and labour shortages in the UK. Companies will find it increasingly difficult to employ the right talent as the market will be even less in their control. This has already been evident in recent years as the UK has become a candidates market; the candidates feel they are more important to the organisation than the organisation is to them. Companies are also having to increase the wage rates in order to better attract candidates to their roles specifically, allowing them to identify as an employer of choice for both UK-resident workers and migrants.
With the confusion most likely to continue post-Brexit, the UK is faced with a serious challenge of pushing itself to become an attractive place to live and work again for migrants. The systems that will be put into place for people entering the country will need to be fair, simple and still encouraging in order for the UK not to suffer a severe labour and/or skills shortage. Current staff could struggle in this shortages scenario and will be affected negatively as this would potentially incur a greater workload or a loss of orders due to staff shortages.