Navigating the impact of Brexit on your recruitment
With the precipice of Brexit two months away, this is one of the most challenging periods in decades to be recruiting staff.
The impact of Brexit is being well and truly felt, particularly by businesses, who, if they are not going to the wall, as we are seeing with the demise of the high street, are facing a major headache in recruiting staff.
Recent data from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), all paint a pessimistic picture of businesses being able to secure the right talent.
The CBI, at end of 2018, revealed that nine in 10 businesses stated that Brexit had impacted on their ability to recruit and train staff.
Matthew Fell, the CBI’s chief UK policy director, said: “These latest statistics highlight the continuing trend of falling net EU migration amid growing shortages across all skills levels in the UK. Ninety-two per cent of businesses cited Brexit as impacting their ability to recruit and train staff in 2018.”
Less damning, were the CIPD’s figures. It noted that 44 per cent of employers experienced greater difficulty in recruitment during 2018, as another 34 per cent faced a similar challenge in retaining staff.
Hard-to-fill vacancies, notably those requiring greater skills, are living up to their name. The CIPD pointed out that as at Autumn 2018, 70 per cent of employers with vacancies said that at least some of those were proving hard-to-fill, compared to 51 per cent in Spring 2017.
This is being compounded by the fact that vacancies rose for both permanent and temporary roles across the UK at the end of 2018. So, businesses are being pitted against each other and going head-to-head to bring in employees.
This places candidates in a strong position to choose who they want to work for and also demand salaries and benefits to match. Businesses need to take heed of this and they need to ensure they are portraying themselves positively – or miss out.
These are unchartered waters for many businesses, who are unsure what is the right course of action to ensure that they can run efficiently and effectively. Combined with a lack of clarity from Whitehall, securing any talent, let alone the best, is becoming impossible.
In the past, businesses could bank on recruiting from the EU, but that is no longer the case. The low-skilled migrant workers that prop up certain sectors have left in their droves with no intention of returning.
The skilled EU workers may feel encouraged by the UK Government’s stance that “the UK remains a hub for international talent from the EU and the rest of the world”, but with certain criteria being imposed, keeping staff, let alone replacing them, is a major headache lying in wait.
If you are a business facing this issue, then come and talk to us. At Clarico, we have been aware of this impending scenario for two years. We have looked to put measures in place that enable us to continue recruiting staff for clients as well as delivering strategies and advice to assist.
It is a far from ideal situation, but we have looked to fireproof ourselves and clients, so if your business is looking to recruit and needs assistance, contact us now by hitting the button below!