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After what to many feels more like a lifetime than 3 years, today Britain has finally left the European Union. It’s been a historical era of change that will no doubt be remembered for centuries to come. With strong convictions on all sides of the argument from businesses and people of all backgrounds and walks of life, it’s been a memorable period.
As a business that has thrived throughout dramatic shifts in the economic landscape, we at Prime are optimistic about the future. Here’s what two of our Senior Management Team expect from the next chapter of Britain’s future:
Robyn Holmes, Managing Director
The fact that we are leaving the EU on the 31st will currently have little to no effect on the local job market, bar the fact everyone is just happy to have it done! We anticipate positive times ahead as our leaders start trade talks. Here in East Anglia we have high hopes for the outcome of these: Great Britain is ‘Great’ for many things: our industries do stand out as exceptional. Both as a country and as a region, we have always focused on quality outputs.
Across all industries, our outputs are exceptional. In recruitment, we continue to uphold these standards in the quality of staff who we place with our valued clients. We are results-focused and will always ensure we exceed expectations. With our country back and our regulations under control, we keep a positive outlook here in East Anglia and are determined to help our clients maximize the opportunities that the next chapter will bring. We’ve had lots of positive feedback from a diverse range of employers saying that they intend to recruit more staff in the year ahead and are keen to get the ‘right person for job’. And we are here to make sure that happens!
Lorraine Anastasiades, Operations & Compliance Director
The recruitment market has been incredibly buoyant in the last 12 months despite uncertainty about Brexit. We were in a candidate-led market pre-Brexit and that has remained. We have advised our clients to address skills’ shortages through by investing in training to upskill existing employees’ and new hires – simultaneously growing their workforce and employees’ skills.
Although Britain has benefitted hugely from its easy access to the pool of workers from the EU, the loss of these workers is likely to increase internal training opportunities for staff 😊. Our experience is there has been an increase in requests from our clients to fill their vacancies. Clients focused on expanding their workforce to meet growth targets haven’t deviated from their plans prior to the vote to leave the EU.
Unfortunately, the UK may to some be seen as a less attractive place to work for many EU workers and a reduction in applications from EEA candidates. However, my overall view remains positive, I feel extremely confident about our ability to recruit great talent, working in partnership to consult with our clients and consider options if their particular talent pool is limited.
Sunny skies ahead!
What a way to end the week! Now with the long-drawn out chapter of pre-Brexit negotiation closed, we are excited to see what the next one brings. Working in close collaboration with our valued business partners, candidates and clients of all walks of life, we have high hopes. We will continue to offer our EU workers the utmost support as they contribute to our local economy. Moreover, as talent acquisition experts we are eager to assist our clients evolve their recruitment, retention and training strategies to meet the candidate individual needs.
So, for a rare sunny spot amongst the Brexit doom and gloom, look no further than your local recruitment agency Prime Appointments … to help part the clouds and let the sunshine in.