Brexit Business Breakfast - November

3 November 2017

C502/3, Curzon Building, Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD

Brexit has thrown up issues around the UK economy’s reliance on EU workers. This has been especially important for companies in hospitality, health, agriculture, logistics and higher education. With evidence suggesting that EU workers are now coming to the UK in lower numbers than before (for a number of reasons, not all related to Brexit), companies are increasingly reporting recruitment and retention difficulties.

Equally, many see Brexit as a clarion call to UK PLC to improve its performance with regards to training and retention of the domestic workforce – or alternatively, embracing new technology (e.g., automation) - rather than continuing to rely on the current situation of EU labour being readily available. Equally, many see Brexit as a chance to review current regulations around the workplace, most notably, the Working Time Directive.

How feasible are these alternatives?

Is there an appetite for radical change?

What lessons can HR provide?

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