Brexit causes recruitment difficulties

Businesses across all sectors are facing significant and increasing difficulties in recruitment, which Brexit may exacerbate even further, according to the latest figures from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

The organisation’s quarterly economic survey, which polled 6,000 companies across the UK, found both hiring and broader development and availability of skills were under pressure amid an economy that began 2019 in a “weak holding pattern”.

Manufacturing was a particular pinch point, with 81% of firms in the sector reporting recruitment difficulties, the joint highest level ever recorded in the survey. Uncertainty over the ability to recruit EU nationals into the sector post-Brexit was a particular concern. Applications from the EU fell notably as uncertainty over the state of Brexit negotiations grew.

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