British firms are “not ready” for the introduction of new restrictions on EU immigration planned for January 2021, new research has revealed.
The report by CIPD, the professional body for HR specialists, says few organisations are equipped to deal with a reduced inflow of EU workers after Brexit, as a result of little awareness of the proposed new rules among firms, a lack of planning and political uncertainty.
The CIPD’s recent discussions with employers across the UK confirmed its earlier findings that firms typically recruit EU migrants because of a shortage of UK-born applicants.
The government is currently collecting responses to its white paper on controlling the number of workers from the EU, which is largely based on extending the scope of the points-based system used for non-EU citizens.
A CIPD survey of over 2,182 employers found that 58 per cent do not know anything about the white paper, while 35 per cent said they know “a little” about it. Again, over half – 56 per cent – said they do not have enough information to start making decisions about their post-Brexit recruitment strategy, with just 27 per cent happy to make decisions based on existing information.