With the general election having created more doubt than certainty over the nature and shape of Brexit, and the negotiations under way, considerable concern is being expressed in a number of quarters over the implications for the workforce in the UK and the country’s ability to source the workers it needs in the future. These concerns relate not only to future immigration policy and legislation, but also the status of European Union (EU) workers who are already employed in the UK. Worries about the future are being given sharper focus by events already happening on the ground, with reports that the numbers of EU nationals coming to Britain to work has fallen dramatically in some sectors in the wake of the outcome of last year’s referendum. Steve Vale, HR consultant, considers some of the recent reports and research, and looks in particular for any clear implications for the public sector and local government.
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