UK Employers Say Workers Are ‘Concerned’ For Their Jobs Following Brexit
Misconception that larger businesses are more ‘Brexit proof’ could see some small business employees switch jobs
70% of UK employers have received concerns from workers over their job security following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to a report by CIPD.
The survey of 387 UK employers, which asked ‘Is the Brexit decision affecting your staff’s sense of job security?’, revealed that 36% of business owners have received enquiries from staff about the future of their role.
Another 36% of businesses owners confirmed that non-EU staff have expressed concerns about their right to work in the UK.
The report also hinted that a misconception that larger businesses will be more ‘Brexit proof’ and remain more secure through economic uncertainty is likely to see an increase in small business employees looking for other jobs.
The news comes less than a month after it was revealed that 25% of UK small firms intend to put a freeze on their recruitment processes following the Brexit vote with 33% also deciding to shift their strategy.
Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD, said:
“There is no doubt the vote to leave the UK has had a significant impact on the workplace with many people worrying about their future employment prospects.
“This is especially true of non-UK nationals, with many clearly concerned about their ability to continue to live and work in the UK after the vote.
“The government needs to clearly set out their plans at the earliest opportunity for non-UK citizens to give those workers the clarity and security that they are seeking.”