Brexit hits UK jobs as hiring confidence dives
The UK jobs market is being hit by Brexit, with hiring confidence "diving" in parts of the UK which strongly supported remaining in the EU, a study reveals.
Employers in six out of nine sectors surveyed reported a falling outlook for jobs, said employment group Manpower.
Its survey of over 2,100 firms showed that confidence in private firms about taking on new staff has fallen to its weakest level in three years.
The worst-hit areas are London and Scotland, with the capital said to be the least optimistic region in England for the first time in three years.
Small companies are being hit by a raft of measures including pension changes, the living wage and business costs, said Manpower.
The group also reported continued concerns about a shortage of skilled workers, which it warned could hit flagship construction projects.