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EU Workers Race to Find UK Jobs in Face of Brexit


CV-Library, the UK’s largest job site, reports that a record number of European workers are searching for jobs in the UK as a result of the confirmed EU referendum date. The job site recently reported that the UK labour market remains strong despite a seasonal dip in vacancies as many hint that a Brexit threat is paralysing the market – the strength of the UK job market is clearly seen in Europe as CV-Library reports an increase in traffic from EU countries.

In February 2016, CV-Library recorded that the number of web visits received from EU workers was up by 13%, when compared with February 2015. Looking specifically at the week following the referendum announcement, compared to the week before the announcement, the data reveals big spikes in traffic from many European countries:

  1. Belgium +109.2%
  2. Croatia +69.9%
  3. Greece +68.3%
  4. Netherlands +35.5%
  5. Denmark +29.6%
  6. Poland + 26.6%
  7. Lithuania +26.5%

In addition, increases in traffic can be seen from Romania, Italy, Sweden, France, Finland and the Czech Republic.

Historical data from the job site suggests that traffic from European countries is normally flat and steady. This data, compared to latest figures, indicates that the unusually high volume of EU visitors looking for UK jobs is linked to the upcoming referendum; suggesting that European workers are looking for opportunities in the UK before migration laws change.

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

“Britain is faced with a number of questions and concerns about how a Brexit will impact our nation, but this data suggests that those in other European countries are worried as well. With the EU in a time of uncertainty ahead of the referendum, it’s not surprising to see Europeans explore their options in the UK.”

Whilst most British job sites don’t allow applications from non-UK residents, there is clearly an interest amongst European workers to look for work in Britain in anticipation of what lies ahead.


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CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 10.3m 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 140 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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