What does Brexit mean for the UK recruitment industry?

Just hours after the news that the UK has voted to leave the EU here’s a quick blog post from my colleague Deborah Fowlis about what this might mean for the recruitment industry – Rebecca

Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, there is a nationwide debate raging on the impact this will have on employment, the economy and life in the UK. One of the main sectors that may be affected by Brexit is the recruitment industry.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Chief Executive Kevin Green comments:

“The vote to leave the EU is likely to usher in a challenging period for British business and for the UK labour market in particular. Our data has shown a slowdown in hiring as we approached the referendum. We expect to see this period of uncertainty continue.

We need to ensure that British businesses continue to be able to get the people they need to fill the jobs available. Access to talent is absolutely vital to sustainable economic growth and prosperity. In sectors such as healthcare, education, hospitality, construction and manufacturing, workers from the EU are vital and any change to our immigration system needs to recognise that.”

With uncertainty leading to caution in recruitment, all the more reason to start your career planning even earlier……

Recruitment Grapevine has gathered further comments from those in the industry.




  1. A further comment today (28/06/16) reported in Recruitment Grapevine by Stephen Isherwood, the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Chief Executive. AGR represents the largest graduate recruiters in the UK.

    “We are disappointed with the vote to leave the EU, which has moved us into uncertain territory. At the moment it’s hard to find a single reason why this is going to be good for our industry.

    “It’s too early to know how employers will respond and repercussions on student recruitment and the vacancies available to this and next year’s graduates. Over the next few weeks we will be working with employers to understand the impact and what this may mean for the next graduating cohort.”



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