Record decline in the number of EU migrant workers in the UK

The number of EU migrant workers in the UK has shown its sharpest annual decline since records began in 1997, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figures found that the number of EU-born workers fell by 4.5 per cent (107,000 people) during July to September 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. Businesses which employ a large share of migrant workers should be considering how to move their focus to a lower migration environment. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has revealed that employers are finding vacancies harder to fill due to the decline in migrants coming to the UK since the referendum. More than two in five employers reported it had become “more difficult” to fill vacancies in their companies over the past 12 months. And seven in 10 said some of their vacancies were proving hard to fill.

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