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UK Recruiters Warn of UK Job Crisis in Event of a Brexit

66.1% of recruiters in the UK believe a possible Brexit will have a negative effect on the UK labour market

55.6% Confirm Leaving the EU Will Negatively Impact Workers

HAMPSHIRE 13th June 2016 – A decision to leave the EU could bring the UK jobs market to a standstill, according to new research from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library. The study found that 66.1% of recruiters in the UK believe a possible Brexit will have a negative effect on the UK labour market, with 55.6% believing that it would be particularly harmful to workers.

The research, which surveyed over 2,000 recruitment professionals in the UK, revealed the key areas where recruiters expect there to be significant impacts:

• 60.9% believe job cuts would be inevitable
• Over two thirds (66.3%) agree there will be increased skills shortages
• 57.5% warn that a lack of EU workers will drive up recruitment costs
• ….and pay rises could also be put on hold, according to 40.6% of recruiters

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “With just over a week to go until D-Day, these findings reveal the true extent of a possible Brexit on UK jobs. It’s clear that recruitment professionals are concerned about the impact on their access to skilled workers, which is unsurprising given the nation is already facing skills shortages in key sectors. There are a number of economic pressures in the current climate, and whether we stay or go, businesses will need to prioritise investments in robust hiring strategies to ensure they overcome recruitment challenges.”

Furthermore, the research found that over two thirds (66.9%) of recruiters stated concerns over the loss of business in Britain’s labour market if the UK leaves the EU, with 46.6% believing that there will be fewer positions to apply to due to financial strains amongst organisations.

Biggins continues: “Britain is an international hub, with many large corporations basing their European headquarters in the Capital. If the nation does decide on a Brexit, employers could face a lack of foreign investment, as well as a huge reduction in available talent, resulting in a major shift in the nation’s job market. While the candidates that obtain the key skills currently in demand should be able to use this to their advantage, businesses facing cuts as a result of leaving the EU may not be able to meet their expectations, particularly when it comes to salaries.”

CV-Library is currently advertising over 145,000 jobs on its database, working with over 10,000 in-house and agency recruiters to help meet business’ talent demands. Find out more at


About CV-Library

CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites and attracts over 3.8 million unique job seekers every month. Founded by Lee Biggins in 2000, CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent online job board with a database of over 10.2 million CVs.

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