Employers need to step up their Brexit plans

5th July 2017

Employers need to step up their Brexit plans

As the great unravelling of Britain’s ties with the EU begins, it seems that employers are not prepared for a post-Brexit drop in migration levels.

A survey commissioned by the think-tank, Resolution Foundation, has found that of the 503 business decision-makers interviewed (all of whom employ EU/EEA workers), almost half have unrealistic expectations of what the immigration regime will be like once the UK has exited the EU. Seventeen per cent think that the current system of freedom of movement for EU/EEA nationals to the UK will be unchanged. Thirty per cent expect that the system will be maintained for those who have a job offer; they’ll still have the chance to move freely throughout the EU.

Almost half of those surveyed said they don’t expect the number of EU nationals in their workforce to change over the next 12 months. Twenty four per cent said they expect to employ more migrant workers. That’s against the backdrop of the Government’s plans to reduce net migration to tens of thousands (and a reported fall from 335,000 on the eve of the referendum to 248,000 at the end of 2016).

It seems clear that, although there remains plenty of uncertainty around what Brexit will actually mean, employers – particularly those that rely heavily on migrant workers – should be looking at contingency planning.

How can our employment lawyers help?

If you employ migrant workers, you need to start thinking about the potential impact that Brexit may have on your workforce, and how you will plan around this. Whilst the Government has given some very limited indications on migrant workers’ eligibility to remain in the UK post-Brexit, you need to start considering your options now.

Our specialist solicitors in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Melton act for businesses large and small in Suffolk, Essex and further afield and can guide you with a minimum of fuss and expense.

To find out how Gotelee can help your organisation, call Andrew West, Employment Partner, on 01473 298102 or email andrew.west@gotelee.co.uk.

Blog Posts

Hundreds enjoy a day messing about on the river at Woodbridge Regatta

25/07/2017

Music, sailing, fun and games were the order of the day as hundreds of…

Read More
Upcoming Events

Suffolk Dog Day

25/07/2017

For all you dog lovers out there, Gotelee Solicitors are sponsoring Suffolk Dog Day…

Read More
News Posts

Employment Tribunal fees are illegal and a barrier to justice, rules Supreme Court

27/07/2017

The Supreme Court has ruled that Employment Tribunal fees are "illegal" and prevent workers…

Read More

Testimonials

"Clarity and speed. A refreshing absence of legal jargon and gobblodygook!"

- PS

"The down to earth manner of the solicitors."

- GN

"Not too formal - felt like a chat with a friend."

- JG

"As your entire service was excellent, it is not possible to single out anything special to mention."

- AH

"A big firm with a local touch!"

- RG

"Great service, never made things complicated!"

- JW

"Warm friendly service with clear responses to all my questions."

- BF

"Mr Rowland was sincere, approachable, understanding and professional throughout."

- GD

"Personal, prompt, caring and communication by email was excellent."

- Anonymous

"Feeling at ease knowing that they were putting my best interests first."

- Anonymous

Please select preferred method of contact

* We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact.