The report explores how and why employers recruit EEA nationals, and sheds light on issues such as skills shortages and the availability of UK nationals. 

The report assesses whether the referendum decision has had any impact on employers in terms of recruitment and retention and considers any early impact of the referendum decision. It explores the potential impact that migration restrictions would have on employers and how employers would respond, explaining the context and reasons why employers hire EU nationals. The study recommends a set of workable policies that could apply across economic sectors which will have to be workable for migrants themselves, or they will decide not to work in the UK.

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Key findings

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  • One in five organisations say they're considering relocating all or part of their UK operations outside the UK (11%) or will focus future growth outside the UK (9%) as a result of the vote to leave the EU.
  • One in ten (11%) of businesses say the number of EU nationals they've recruited since Brexit has decreased. 
  • Businesses need to focus on investment in their talent to ensure they build inclusive, engaged, skilled workforces. 
  • Government must consult with employers to ensure that we build an immigration system that is fair, user-friendly and flexible enough to ensure that businesses can access the talent they need.
  • The main reason employers recruit EU nationals is because they cannot fill low or semi-skilled jobs with UK-born applicants.

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