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Brexit and the workforce

This page contains a list of externally produced resources which consider the complications of retaining and recruiting staff following from the decision to leave the EU.

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Visit Europe from 1 January 2021

GOV.UK September 2020

Latest advice from the UK Government on how to prepare for business travel to Europe from 1 January 2021.

EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit

GOV.UK January 2020

UK Government toolkit providing employers with the right materials and information to support EU citizens to apply to stay in the UK.

Continuity planning for HR - Brexit and beyond

CIPD March 2019

A practical guide intended to help businesses Identify HR risks arising from Brexit and plan for contingencies. Topics covered include supporting EU/EEA/Swiss employees in the UK; higher wage bill from currency fluctuations; reducing staffing to offset increased costs and delays; continuing to operate in the EU; business relocations; and keeping communications open with staff.

Post-Brexit skills shortages and how to solve them

People Management 13 December 2018

A long read from Jo Faragher at People Management on how some businesses have been tackling the need to find fresh talent beyond the UK's departure from the EU. The article highlights the practical steps that businesses can take now.

Brexit workforce planning considerations

CIPD March 2018

Practical guide from CIPD which looks at the challenges Brexit could present to organisational staffing levels. The 20 page guide offers a model that can be used by companies to help determine their own Brexit resourcing strategy using workforce planning tools, techniques and analytics.

How two employers are preparing for Brexit

People Management 29 March 2018

People Management asks two employers reliant on staff from the continent how they are planning to cope if there is an exodus of EU workers in the wake of the Brexit referendum vote.

Statements and publications

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Impact of Brexit on the arts and culture sector: 2018

Arts Council England 20 February 2018

Survey carried out by ICM on behalf of the Arts Council England assessing the extent of European and international working relationships by arts and cultural organisations in England and the implications of Brexit on the sector. Covers a range of topics including funding, touring, trade, artistic exchange, workforce and the legal and regulatory framework.

Making migration work for manufacturers: Accessing skills in a post-Brexit world

EEF 23 June 2017

Report from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, which looks at the challenge of recruiting the right skills in a post-Brexit UK. The report highlights the current breakdown of the manufacturing workforce, the likely reduction in recruitment from the EU and some of the steps being taken by manufacturers to mitigate the impact of these changes.

Facing the future: tackling post-Brexit labour and skills shortages

CIPD and NIESR 19 June 2017

Report produced by CIPD and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research which looks at current skills shortages and the recruitment of EU nationals by employers. The report highlights the potential impact of changes to existing arrangements.

Labour migration in the hospitality sector

British Hospitality Association March 2017

Report produced for the the British Hospitality Association highlighting the reliance of the UK hospitality sector on EU nationals and the challenges involved in replacing these workers. The BHA followed up the report by sending the Government an outline 10 year strategy for recruiting a substantially higher proportion of its workforce from the UK

A new UK-EU relationship

Food and Drink Federation July 2016

Manifesto from the Food and Drink Federation which sets out the industry’s priorities for a new relationship between the UK and the EU. The publication identifies some challenges for the sector after Brexit, highlighting the current role of workers from other EU Member States and the need to develop more homegrown talent to help fill the skills gap.

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