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EU workers shunning the UK when looking for work – REC

Today’s migration statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a fall in NET EU migration, driven by a fall in EU citizens coming to the UK for work.

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Commenting, Recruitment & Employment chief executive Neil Carberry says:

‘Today’s figures will worry employers who are already struggling to plug the labour and jobs shortages in key sectors. A decrease of available workers will dent UK business, stifle much needed growth and damage our competitiveness in areas such as food and distribution.

‘Employers need clarity. A post-Brexit immigration system that allows people to come from the EU and make a contribution could support business and enjoy public support – but it needs to be written into the Brexit deal.’