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ONS employment figures: EU nationals aren't taking risks on looking for new jobs | CV-Library

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, in reaction to today's ONS labour market statistics:

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“This month’s ONS employment figures paint an interesting picture. Unemployment has fallen and a key driver of this is the fact that more people are choosing to stay put due to ongoing uncertainty around Brexit. In fact, our own data found that while advertised vacancies increased by 12.2% in the same period, application rates are not keeping pace.

“It’s clear that people aren’t taking risks on looking for new positions. EU citizens, in particular, are nervous about changing jobs, mainly because they hope for company loyalty if they’re negatively impacted by Brexit. The government has said that it is already taking steps to protect these individuals’ rights after Brexit and this should be made a priority. There are nearly 3 million EU nationals working in the UK and they play an important part in boosting the nation’s economy.”