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Research finds that UK employers are relyingover 1.5 million employees from the EU

Posted on 08.05.2016

A recent research report conducted by the Social Market Foundation (SMF) think-tank, has shown that UK employers are heavily reliant on recruits from the EU.

The report shows that there is a particular reliance in the Manufacturing sector in the UK, where an estimated 10% of employees are coming from EU countries.
The research comes in advance ofthe Brexit referendum on 23rd June. The outcome of the referendum will impact EU workers in the UK.  UK employers currently can access workers in the European Economic Area (EEA), who are permitted to seek work in any other country that is a member of the EU and the EEA.

The research shows: -

  • ·UK employers are reliant on workers form the EU. There are an estimated 1.6 million EU workers employed in the public or private sectors in the UK, accounting for 6% of all UK employees.
  • ·This reliance is even more pronounced in London, the East of England, the East Midlands and the South East. In London, an estimated 13% of all employees are from the EU.
  • ·14% of employees in the food services space are for the EU. 10% of manufacturing workers are form the EU.

Nigel Keohane, co-author and director of research at the Social Market Foundation, commented:

“This new research shows the extent to which UK organisations employ workers from the EU. Our analysis is based on the latest available data and should provide insights as employers think about their future recruitment strategies.”

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