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Brexit and Recruitment FAQ's

As a recruitment agency we are asked on a daily basis what affect Brexit is having on our company. We cannot give a direct answer as the full effect of Brexit is uncertain. Here are a few answers from our perspective to the most common questions surrounding Brexit in the Lancashire and West Yorkshire areas.

Have you seen a fall in demand from work seekers?

At our Colne office in Lancashire, the only fall we have seen in worker demand is upon the run up to Christmas. Due to area trends a number of the larger local manufacturing companies recruit a large number of temporary staff for up to 3 months a time to cover their increased order demand. This has been a continuous trend each year and seems unaffected by the referendum.

In Bradford, West Yorkshire, our office are observing a reduction in the amount of EU workers available and looking for work. Many of the previous candidates seem to be leaving the UK.

Are our workers staying in jobs for longer?

At our Lancashire branch, yes, we have seen an increased percentage of workers staying in positions and proceeding from a temporary to permanent member of staff.

This has remained unchanged for our workers at our Yorkshire office.

Will our workers be affected?

This is a question that still remains unanswered across the country. This uncertainty will continue until negotiations and an exit plan are finalised.
We keep up to date with all developments through the Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC), and this will be passed to our workers and clients as, when and if this concerns them.
Our Bradford branch feel that the general consensus amongst our workers from EU countries is that they are not as welcome here as they once were.

Have our workers shown any concern?

Many of our workers have been residents in the UK for as many as 10 years and more, and have returned to us a number of times from our opening 12 years ago. These are more so the workers that are showing concern as they are now settled and have created their own life in the UK.
Other workers are less concerned, as their visit to the UK is on more of a temporary basis rather than one with a view to staying here long term.

Are clients refraining from taking temporary workers following the outcome of the referendum?

No, not at all. We haven’t seen a decrease in this area at all. Questions have occasionally been asked in conversation with our clients, but never raised as a concern.

The feedback received by REC shows recruiters are positive about the outlook for temporary and contract workers. According to data received from companies house, 4,529 new agencies were registered in 2016, and 1,051 new agencies opened. New REC agencies opening are at a record high.

The full impact following Brexit is indeed very much uncertain, not just for recruitment agencies like ourselves, but everyone in the UK who have an element of migrant workers. Our general perception is we are worried about the uncertainty and how Brexit will affect us, but we are confident that the REC will keep us well advised and any concerns that arise will be dealt with accordingly.

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