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Nearly half of British recruiters worried over potential Brexit
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Nearly half of British recruiters worried over potential Brexit

Recruiters are concerned about the impact a potential Brexit could have on their ability to source skilled workers.

 A new study by CV-Library shows 43.2% of UK recruiters believe a Brexit will cause further skill shortages and reduce access to viable candidates.

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Comments (3)

  • Out Out Out
    Out Out Out
    Tue, 15 Mar 2016 2:30pm GMT
    With a proper points-based system we could target the skills we need from across the globe rather than having the EU's unskilled masses forced upon us by the EU's open borders, over which we have no control. Why not mention this Lee? By leaving the EU we could get more of the people we need and less of the people that we don't need. Yes, we need to train our young and we also need to think about the pressure current levels of migration put on our schools, roads, hospitals and housing. We do not have enough homes for those already here.
  • John Smith
    John Smith
    Fri, 26 Feb 2016 1:05am GMT
    I understand your point, Mike, and I also think that too many of our young unemployed are being let down. However, I don't think companies are the only ones that should bear the blame. Firms are simply matching the skills required for the job with the skills of current candidates. If companies find that non-UK candidates are more suitable for the role, then maybe it's telling us something about the state of our education system? Maybe it's just not performing well anymore compared to our European counterparts?
    The minus would be turned into a plus only if our Government was working towards encouraging our young people to achieve higher qualifications. Given the Government's past decision of raising university tuition fees and the observed cuts in government spending allocated to education (from 5.90% of GDP in 2010 to 4.66% in 2015, its lowest level since 2002), it doesn't seem to me that the labour market will be ready for the consequences of a Brexit. Companies can surely provide training, but to what extent can this substitute for years of education?
  • Mike Ashworth
    Mike Ashworth
    Wed, 24 Feb 2016 1:11pm GMT
    Very commendable comments but I think as a seasoned recruiter we should also remember the 900 thousand young people out of work that many employers abandoned in favour of off the peg recruiting to save on the training bill. Ask them if they are worried. No doubt what they will be voting for. If there is an exit then business will be forced into training our country of young people again. So it could be said that this minus may turn into a plus?

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