Latest Employment News – EU Employment Migration
July has seen interesting information released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) about net EU migration and the effect on the UK job market. In the midst of continuing political and economic uncertainty about Brexit, there has been a fall in the number of EU citizens coming to the UK to look for work. The Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) stated that annual EU Immigration for work-related reasons (i.e. for a ‘definite job’ or ‘looking for work’) fell 19,000 from 160,000 in the year ending December 2016 to 141,000 in year ending December 2017. This was driven by a decrease of 18,000 in EU citizens coming to the UK looking for work. It is, however, important to point out that the number of people coming to the UK for a definite job (i.e. a confirmed employment opportunity)has remained relatively stable.
There continues to be a major shortage in the number of skilled people looking for work and, as employment is still the most common reason that people come to the UK, it will be interesting to see if this trend continues as we head towards March 2019’s exit date.
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