Fewer EU nationals coming to work in UK, says ONS

The latest figures EU net migration figures, which are at their lowest level for six years, are causing widespread concern across the UK recruitment industry, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Some 74,000 more EU citizens came to the UK than left the country in the 12 months to June 2018, but this was the smallest net figure since 2012. This fall in working EU migrants comes at a time when employers across a whole range of sectors are finding it increasingly hard to find the staff and skills they need, commented Tom Hadley, Director of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

“REC data shows that candidate availability is declining month on month, and that 75% of employers have little or no capacity to take on more work without needing to hire more staff,” he explained. “These organisations will need more staff to grow and deliver better services. The shortage is acute across both the private and public sector – particularly in social care and the NHS where ensuring safe staffing levels is an absolute must.”

More bad news for employers came in a report published recently by REC which showed that the public sector faces up to seven more years of skills shortages based on current demand.

There was, however, a ray of hope for employers, because despite EU net migration falling, non-EU net migration at its highest level since 2004, with 248,000 more non-EU citizens arriving than leaving the UK.

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