Blacks Solicitors: looming post Brexit employment crisis

Commercial law firm Blacks Solicitors has published the results of a survey that suggests more than half of companies in transport and logistics Believe that they are not prepared for Brexit.

The Blacks Solicitors survey showed that some 52% of companies in this sector feel underprepared, with a further 48% worried about leaving the EU. The survey also showed that 39% of companies said they have limited understanding of how the Brexit process will affect their business, and implication for workers rights under the incoming immigration laws.

Within transport and logistics, the Blacks Solicitors survey showed that 57% of businesses currently employ staff from the EU, while 39% of business leaders said that they would be put off taking on EU workers after the new laws come in.

According to research, 26% of businesses say that the recruitment process Will become more costly. Capacity and resource could also become problematic, with over 43 per cent unconfident they would be able to replace EU workers with suitable British workers after Brexit.

Louis MacWilliam, immigration expert at Blacks, said: “With less than seven months to go until Britain leaves the EU, it is worrying that such large numbers of employers still feel in the dark about their ability to retain and recruit EU nationals. This is in spite of the Home Office publishing concrete details about the new mandatory registration scheme for EU nationals, due to open later this year.”