Brexit hub

How will Brexit affect the recruitment industry, freedom of movement and labour market?


How does Brexit affect the recruitment industry? 

The government has indicated that free movement will end once we have left the European Union in 2019. Based on polling of our membership the primary concern for recruiters will be the impact Brexit may have on accessing candidates. With EU nationals making up over 7 per cent of the UK’s workforce, and being over represented in low and middle skilled roles, the impact of an end to free movement will be a significant challenge for recruiters, particularly those who specialise in sectors more reliant on EU migrants.The REC has listened to members concerns and have created this Brexit hub in order to keep our members informed.

What happens to EU citizens currently living in the UK? 

EU citizens currently living in the UK need to apply for Settled Status or pre-settled Status. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. The test phase opened on 20 January. Applying during the test phase will involve a fee (which will be refunded) of £65. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021, or until 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. More information can be found on the Home Office’s website.  

The Government has also produced an employer toolkit, which contains the tools and information employers can use to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. This includes background information, leaflets, posters, and factsheets. It can be accessed online here.

Governments Brexit advice 

 The Government has published advice for businesses to help them prepare for Brexit: 

What’s next? 

REC’s work over the coming weeks and months will focus on helping members prepare for different Brexit scenarios, through the following schedule of webinars and workshops. Click the below image to book onto one of these events *FREE for REC members. 

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Supporting documents for REC members

  • Fragomen Brexit guide

    Fragomen has created a guide exclusively for REC members

    Download the guide

  • Brexit FAQ's from our Legal Helpline

    Our legal advisers have developed an FAQs document answering all the most asked questions from REC members

    Read the FAQs

  • Read our scenarios infographic

    The REC has pre-empted six possible Brexit scenarios and how we will support our members in light of each outcome

    Download here

  • Brexit webinar slides

    The slides from our last Brexit member webinar

    Read more

REC Brexit reports

The REC has commissioned a series of reports that examine options for post-Brexit immigration policy. We have discussed these reports with government, putting the interest of our members to key decision makers. You can read our research reports, blogs and policy updates below.

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