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Demand for NHS staff rises as EU applicants ‘drop off a cliff’

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Author: Richard Partington

The sharp slowdown in EU migrant workers coming to Britain has pushed the hiring needs of the NHS and the wider public sector to the highest levels in seven years.

According to a poll of 2,102 employers across nine different industry sectors by the recruitment firm ManpowerGroup, which is used by the Bank of England as an early indicator for changes in the jobs market, hiring intentions in the public sector were at the highest level since 2011.

A net balance of 8% of public sector recruiters said they planned to increase staffing levels rather than make cuts over the first three months of 2019. Although the economy has slowed in recent months, the snapshot of the jobs market showed the highest rate of hiring intentions among all companies for 18 months, because of growing jobs shortages.

James Hick, the managing director of ManpowerGroup, which helps to hire several thousand GPs a year, said the number of applicants for UK jobs from the EU had “dropped off a cliff edge”.

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