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Over 40% of UK Recruiters Believe Brexit Will Further Skills Shortage


In the wake of David Cameron’s EU deal, CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, conducted research amongst over 600 of the country’s recruiting experts to uncover their stance on a Brexit. The findings revealed that 43.2% of UK recruitment experts believe a Brexit will reduce their access to skilled workers.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments:

“Concerns are being raised by politicians, small businesses and leading employers about the impact of a Brexit on the UK’s labour force, so it’s not surprising to learn that access to skilled workers is a worry for the majority of recruitment experts. Key industries across the UK continue to report ongoing skills shortages and leaving the EU could further restrict access to qualified candidates.

“However, there are many factors beyond access to skilled workers to consider – from the mobility of labour to employment legislation and even the fate of current non-UK nationals working in the UK. Unfortunately, there are too many questions unanswered regarding the very real implications a Brexit could have on our economy, and it’s a much broader issue that businesses can’t tackle alone. More needs to be done by the government to provide concrete answers to these questions and to ensure economic stability ahead of the referendum, regardless of the outcome.”

Skilled workers are required to sustain the UK’s flourishing job market as CV-Library reported a 15.8% year-on-year increase in job vacancies this January. In addition, the ONS reported an 8.6% rise in non-UK nationals working the UK, further validating concerns about access to skilled workers from the nation’s recruitment experts.


CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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