How will Brexit affect the recruitment industry?

  • February 21, 2019
  • Plum Insights


How does Brexit affect recruiters and the recruitment industry? 
The government has indicated that free movement will end once we have left the European Union in 2019. Based on polling of our membership the primary concern for recruiters will be the impact Brexit may have on accessing candidates. With EU nationals making up over 7 per cent of the UK’s workforce, and being over represented in low and middle skilled roles, the impact of an end to free movement will be a significant challenge for recruiters, particularly those who specialise in sectors more reliant on EU migrants.The REC has listened to members concerns and have created this Brexit hub in order to keep our members informed.

What happens to EU citizens currently living in the UK?
EU citizens currently living in the UK need to apply for Settled Status or pre-settled Status. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. The test phase opened on 20 January. Applying during the test phase will involve a fee (which will be refunded) of £65. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021, or until 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. More information can be found on the .  

Governments Brexit advice 
The Government has published advice for businesses to help them prepare for Brexit: 

The Government’s general advice for businesses in advance of the UK leaving the EU can be found . 
The Government’s advice to the professional and business services sector in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal can be found . 


The Government has published 89 different technical guides on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which can be found . The topics of these guides include workplace rights, meeting business regulations as well as personal data and consumer rights. 

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