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Article 50: What Now for HR?


The 29th of March saw the historic triggering of Article 50 by the Prime Minster and the start of two years of Brexit negotiations. If all goes to plan, the UK will no longer be a member of the European Union by April 2019.

As warnings of a skills shortage persist and the growth of advertised vacancies begin to exceed the number of applicants, what additional pressure will Brexit now bring to HR?

Fears over staffing shortages

In some cases, the Brexit effect rippled through recruitment shortly after last June’s result. Online job searches from Eastern Europe in the health and social care sector fell by 17% in the wake of the referendum vote. Last month we reported Mercer’s warnings of an ‘unprecedented labour shortage’ in the event of a hard Brexit and the potential impact a fall in the availability of migrant workers might have on HR.