NIESR Press Note – NIESR reacts to the latest ONS UK Labour Market Statistics
The National Institute’s Associate Research Director Dr Heather Rolfe said: “UK labour market statistics released today show employment in the 3 months up to November 2017 is at a record high, driven by an increase in full time employment. However, vacancies are also at an all-time high, revealing difficulties for employers in some economic sectors, including those with a high proportion of migrant employees facing the challenges of Brexit”.
She added: “This reflects what employers who have engaged in our Brexit research say they are experiencing on the ground – that they are losing some EU migrants and finding it more difficult to recruit both British and EU workers. The sectors with high vacancy rates include those with relatively high proportions of migrant employees, including from the EU. Accommodation and food services, where one in six workers are EU migrants is one such sector. The challenges of attracting and retaining workers are likely to increase with prolonged uncertainty about the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU”.
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