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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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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.

Employing EU nationals – Employer Toolkit launched

CMS Law Now 8 August 2018

Update from CMS Law Now on the employer toolkit launched by the UK Government. The briefing summarises the proposals and key dates, reminding employers that there is no obligation to provide employees with advice on their immigration status.

EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit

UK Government Summer 2018

The employer toolkit from the UK Government which is intended to provide employers with tools and information about the EU Settlement Scheme.

How to be an effective leader in times of change

People Management 6 April 2018

The authors look at the challenges associated with a high-profile change like Brexit and focus on the four basic needs that leaders should address to help manage anxiety among their employees.

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.

Legal guide to managing a migrant workforce

CIPD and Fragomen Worldwide 23 October 2017

Guide from CIPD in collaboration with Fragomen Worldwide which looks at the practical steps companies need to take to manage and support a migrant workforce through Brexit.

Statements and publications

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DFP business case

KMPG Netherlands May 2018

Simulation from KPMG using the example of a Dutch food processing company. The case study highlights the potential issues that the company would face under a future FTA model following Brexit. Areas considered in the case study include custom formalities; indirect tax; supply chain; IT systems and processes; accounting and finance; human resources.

Brexit and the implications for UK business: Processed food and drink inquiry

House of Commons 22 April 2018

Report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on how the interests of the processed food and drink sector sector should best be pursued, both in the negotiating process and post-Brexit. Examines a range of issues including market access, non-tariff barriers, trade, regulation, skills, R&D and transitional arrangements.

EEA workers in the UK labour market: Annexes

Migration Advisory Committee 27 March 2018

Sectoral analysis published alongside the interim update from the Migration Advisory Committee on EEA workers in the UK labour market. The publication summarises the evidence on trends in employment, recruitment, skills and training, potential labour shortages and alternatives to migrant labour.

Brexit and the implications for UK business: Aerospace inquiry

House of Commons 19 March 2018

Report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on how the interests of the aerospace sector should best be pursued, both in the negotiating process and post-Brexit. Examines a range of issues relating to market access, non-tariff barriers, regulation, skills, R&D, trade opportunities and transitional arrangements.

Brexit and the implications for UK business: Automotive inquiry

House of Commons 28 February 2018

Report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on how the interests of the automotive sector should best be pursued, both in the negotiating process and post-Brexit. Examines a range of issues including tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers, regulation, trade opportunities, skills, R&D and transitional arrangements.

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.

Brexit and the implications for UK business: Civil nuclear sector inquiry

House of Commons 13 December 2017

Report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on how the interests of the civil nuclear sector should best be pursued, both in the negotiating process and post-Brexit. Examines a range of issues including membership of Euratom, market access, non-tariff barriers, trade, regulation, skills, R&D and transitional arrangements.

BMA briefing: Workforce and future immigration policy

BMA November 2017

Brexit Briefing from the British Medical Association which looks at the current composition of the medical workforce, focusing on the number of EEA doctors in the UK. The briefing highlights the potential difficulties that Brexit could create for recruitment in the sector, with its likely impact on patient care and medical research.

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.

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