85% of UK businesses have restructured in the wake of January’s Brexit deal, and the majority believe leaving the EU has negatively impacted operations, according to a new report by specialist recruiter Robert Half.
Nearly half of UK businesses (44%) have had to redesign job roles and responsibilities post-Brexit, while 20% have laid off staff and 16% have required team members to relocate, according to the survey of UK executives. A further 6% indicated they have implemented a combination of the above, while only 15% say there have been no changes due to Brexit.*
“These findings underscore the impact Brexit has had on the way companies operate, especially coming on the heels of the major changes wrought by Covid-19,” said Matt Weston, managing director, Robert Half UK. “Employees are having to move location and develop new skills in response. Brexit has created both challenges and opportunities for British businesses, and it’s up to each individual organisation to make sure they have the agility and responsiveness to capitalise on this upheaval.”
The research also found that the majority of British businesses (56%) believe that the Brexit deal has had a negative impact on their operations, with a fifth (21%) saying they have been ‘amongst the worst affected’. This stands in contrast to the 6% of companies who reported that Brexit has been a net positive, while 38% said that the deal hasn’t impacted them significantly thus far.
“There are a number of areas – including the services economy – which are still unclear on precisely what Brexit means for them,” continued Weston. “But already, we’re seeing the impact of ending Freedom of Movement with so many businesses struggling to find top talent. The legal and political situation will continue to evolve, but in the meantime, businesses need to develop clear strategies around how they are going to source, upskill, and retain their best people.”
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*Research conducted by Rigour Research, surveying 300 UK executives from 18 March – 1 April 2021.