UK Re­cruiters Blame Brexit as Staff Short­age Wors­ens

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Lon­don: A short­age of staff for Bri­tish em­ploy­ers wors­ened in July, hurt by the de­par­ture of Euro­pean Union work­ers af­ter last year’s Brexit vote, a group rep­re­sent­ing re­cruit­ment agen­cies said on Tues­day. T he Re c r u it ment a nd Em­ploy­ment Con­fed­er­a­tion (REC) said the avail­abil­ity of staff over­all suf­fered its big­gest fall last month in a year and a half. “The parts of the econ­omy most re­liant on Euro­pean work­ers are un­der even more pres­sure as many EU work­ers re­turn home,” REC chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Green said.

“Em­ploy­ers are not just strug­gling to hire the bright­est and best, but also peo­ple to fill roles such as chefs, drivers and ware­house work­ers.” Lon­don in par­tic­u­lar was feel­ing the strain, with hir­ing grow­ing at a slower pace than any­where else in Bri­tain. “F i n a nci a l s e r v i c e s , a c r uci a l pa r t of t he Lon­don labour mar­ket, are not hir­ing in their usual quan­tity as the un­cer­tainty caused by Brexit makes them hes­i­tant,” Green said.

Lon­don was feel­ing the strain with hir­ing grow­ing at a slower pace than any­where else in Bri­tain

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