Brexit and Employment in the UK

After the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, BritBound has been receiving a lot of questions about employment in the UK and if jobs are readily available.

After the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, BritBound has been receiving a lot of questions about employment in the UK and if jobs are readily available. We wanted to tell you straight up to not worry!

For those who still may be a little confused about what Brexit is, essentially, a small majority of the UK public voted to withdraw from the European Union. However, as we have already stressed in a recent article, Brexit could take up to two years to take effect as there is a lot of uncertainty within the government about what they must do next. At this point, there are even talks that Brexit may not happen at all. Speculations aside, the result of the referendum does not mean anything has and will change in the way of employment: the job opportunities that existed before the referendum are still very much available now. Whether you are an EU citizen or from a Commonwealth country, do not fear about shortages of jobs at this time, because there are plenty out there! BritBound has strong contacts with numerous employment agencies who have assured us that there are readily available jobs in every industry.

For now, there really is nothing to worry about. However, some of you may be thinking about plans to move to the UK well into the future and we can understand any doubts you may hold as a result of Brexit. Below, we hypothetically consider the potential outcomes of Brexit and impact on non-UK job seekers if it is triggered.

Members of the Commonwealth Countries
Simply put, Brexit would have no damaging impacts upon Commonwealth citizens wishing to find work in the Mother Country. There are even suggestions that Brexit could be a positive thing for Commonwealth citizens. For example, UK politics expert Clement Macintyre from the University of Adelaide said the referendum result ‘left room for negotiations that couldn’t have happened before’ (Courier Mail). This includes the ‘greater movement of skilled people between Commonwealth countries’ (Courier Mail). Even if new agreements aren’t formed under Brexit, the ability to work would still be attainable through the Tier 5 or Ancestral visas and the amount of jobs out there would certainly not decrease.

EU citizens
Despite uncertainty about the right to work for EU citizens in the future, the number of job opportunities are not affected. We can’t stress enough that Brexit would not result in job shortages. In regard to the changes that may, or may not occur, we will be sure to keep you updated and provide services assisting EU citizens to live and work in the UK.

To all those who are apprehensive about continuing their plans to settle in the UK we say, do not forego your dream because of Brexit. We will keep you updated if changes occur and guide you every step of the way with your move to the UK.

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