Tuesday 17 October 2017

'More than a million workers to leave UK'

More than a million workers are preparing to ditch Britain, adding to fears that the country is facing a Brexit brain drain, new research shows. Photo: PA
More than a million workers are preparing to ditch Britain, adding to fears that the country is facing a Brexit brain drain, new research shows. Photo: PA

Noor Nanji

More than a million foreign workers are preparing to quit Britain, adding to fears that the country is facing a Brexit brain drain, new research claims.

The survey, by accountancy giant Deloitte, found that 36pc of non-British workers in the country said they are thinking about leaving by 2022, with 26pc planning to move even sooner, by 2020.

This represents 1.2 million jobs out of 3.4 million migrant workers in Britain, underscoring the severe jobs crisis facing the country as it begins the process of leaving the EU.

Highly skilled workers from EU countries are the most likely to consider leaving, with 47pc thinking of doing so in the next five years.

To change their minds and stay, 32pc of skilled foreign workers said they would need to hear more positive statements from the British government that they would remain welcome. Lower cost of living and more initiatives to improve work-life balance would also help.

The findings are likely to increase political pressure to ensure that access to talent is maintained following Brexit.

Almost half (48pc) of migrant workers already in the UK see the country as being less attractive as a result of Brexit, the study showed, while highly skilled workers reported the largest drops in the attractiveness of the UK.

Deloitte surveyed 2,242 EU and non-EU workers, half living in the UK and half living outside.

Irish Independent

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