The 'leave' vote has prompted consultations between government, organisations and employees across all sectors and representative bodies. We’ll draw on our strong base of evidence and experience of the world of work to add our voice to these important discussions.

While the impact of the referendum result won’t be felt immediately, there is the potential for major changes to occur in future to employment law, immigration and the ability to bring the right skills into businesses.

We’ll be engaging with our members and key stakeholders over the coming months to explore how the UK’s decision to leave the EU will affect HR. To support you during this period of unprecedented uncertainty, we’ll publish relevant resources and details of our ‘Brexit’ activities on this dedicated hub.

What have we seen in the first 100 days after the UK Brexit vote?

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One hundred days after Brexit

As we pass 100 days since the UK’s vote to leave the EU, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, calls on members and stakeholders to use Brexit as a stimulus for applying focus to what we should already be doing as an economy and a society: to get the fundamentals right, to build a stronger, more productive workforce, and workplaces that engender growth and inclusiveness.

Autumn Labour Market Outlook

Infobite showing 85% of employers unprepared for EU labour restrictions

The Labour Market Outlook autumn 2016 report, produced in partnership with the Adecco Group, takes into account the potential implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on investment and labour supply, particularly regarding EU nationals.

Brexit impact on labour market outlook:

  • Recruitment and retention of EU migrant workers (pp 2, 15–18)
  • Investment in skills (pp 3, 5, 24–25)
  • Pay expectations over the next 12 months (pp 2, 10–11)
  • Export competitiveness (pp 4, 7, 23–24)
  • Post-Brexit readiness and planning (pp 3, 5, 16–17)
  • Employer views on future relationship with EU (pp 4–5, 19–23)

The full report can be accessed from our Labour Market Outlook landing page.


Listen to our podcasts

Podcast: Brexit - Team Morale, Performance and Resilience

As businesses adjust to the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union, organisations are facing a continuing period of uncertainty and change. As the dust settles on the referendum result, how should HR and L&D professionals support their employees in the medium-term?

In this episode we talk to Jan Hills, Partner at Head, Heart + Brain, about the how behavioural science can help us understand our responses to uncertainty and how HR can help to mitigate its negative effects. We also chat to Stuart Haden, Learning Programmes Developer at CIPD about building individual and organisational resilience in periods of change.

Podcast: Brexit - Managing communications

Date: 28/06/16 | Duration: 00:15:40

The result of the EU Referendum on 23 June has already had an enormous effect on the global economy. Markets are fluctuating and the full legal, political and economic implications of the result are as yet unknown. It is clear that businesses are facing a period of uncertainty and change. But what about the workforce?

In this podcast we talk to Brad Taylor, Head of People at CIPD, about the implications of the referendum result on the workforce and how, with effective communication, HR can best support their leaders and their employees. We also chat to Debra Corey, Group Reward Director at Reward Gateway about how to create a coherent communications plan in times of uncertainty.

Music credits: Throughout the City, Take care and Ladybirds by David Szesztay and Entrepreneurs by Scott Holmes. (Licensed under Creative Commons (BY-NC) license).

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Singapore perspective on Brexit

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Wilson Wong

Dr Wilson Wong, Head of Insight & Futures, CIPD, analyses the Singapore perspective on Brexit.

Scottish and Northern Irish perspectives on Brexit

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John McGurk

John McGurk, Head of Scotland, CIPD, provides the Scottish and Northern Irish perspectives on Brexit, the key issues and opportunities to surface, as well as the role of HR, organisations and government.

Ireland perspective on Brexit

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Mary Connaughton

Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland, provides the Irish perspective on Brexit, the key issues and opportunities to surface, as well as the role of HR, organisations and government.

Matthew Mee, Managing Director - Middle East, CIPD, provides the Middle East perspective on Brexit

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Matthew Mee

Watch our webinars

Perspectives on Brexit - strategic considerations and planning

Since the result of the EU referendum on 23 June, organisations have been buffeted by market forces and other factors beyond their control. With some commentators predicting a continuing “decade of uncertainty” what do organisational and people leaders see as the key areas of priority? How can they remain resilient and prepare for immediate and longer term change?

CIPD hosted a webinar, Perspectives on Brexit, Strategic Considerations and Planning, which brought together a panel of industry experts to discuss medium-term strategic and planning considerations following the EU referendum. Our panel shared their experience and insight on:

  • the issues and challenges that businesses and organisations are expected to face following the referendum result
  • strategies for responding to immediate and medium-term uncertainty
  • leading an organisation through a period of fluctuating demand and unpredictable economic and trading circumstances

Our guest speakers included:

  • Danny Mortimer – Chief Executive, NHS Employers
  • Alan Price – Chief Executive Officer, Croner Group Ltd
  • Steven Toft – Director, Crucible
  • Ian Brinkley – Labour Market Economist
  • Ben Willmott – Head of Policy and Public Affairs, CIPD
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Brexit impact webinar

What Brexit means for Employee Reward: introduction by Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton introduces this webinar from the Reward SIG series.

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What Brexit means for Employee Reward: introduction by Charles Cotton

What Brexit means for Employee Reward: guest speakers discuss this topic in depth

Hear from our guest speakers, starting with Tarun Tawakley from Lewis Silkin LLP who will highlight some of the legal issues for reward professionals around Brexit. Samantha Gee from Verditer Consulting will then talk about the possible implications arising from Brexit around reward practice.

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What Brexit means for Employee Reward: guest speakers discuss this topic in depth

Useful factsheets

Blogs on Brexit