EU referendum could affect the UK’s flexible job market, says Jobshop UK
Bournemouth based Jobshop UK has discussed how the outcome of the EU referendum could potentially have huge implications for the UK economy and jobs market.
Jobshop UK director, Tracey Wood (pictured, right), said, “The UK currently enjoys a buoyant, flexible labour market which allows businesses to hire and cut back using temporary, contract and interim staff as required. Our concern is if immigration rules were to change and it became compulsory for someone entering the country to already have a job, this could have a detrimental impact on the UK’s flexible employment market, which according to the REC is currently worth £28.5 billion.
“The latest REC Report on Jobs states, ‘whilst permanent hiring has continued to grow, the rate of growth in March was the weakest since September 2015. Uncertainty in the run-up to the EU Referendum makes it likely that slower growth in permanent hiring will remain over the next few months as employers take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach.’ However, at Jobshop UK, we have certainly not seen a dip in permanent recruitment. This is always a good sign and certainly indicates confidence in the market on a local level as Dorset businesses invest time and money in the search for recruiting the right candidates into long term roles.”