Belfast Telegraph

EU workers in UK resign amid fear over future of their jobs post-Brexit

Workers from the European Union have expressed concern about their status following the Brexit vote, and some have already resigned, a survey of UK businesses shows.

The study of 800 firms revealed that one in 10 have been told by EU staff that they intend to leave the country as a result of the referendum vote.

The British Chambers of Commerce said its research showed the urgency for assurances from the Government on residency rights of EU employees working in this country.

Two fifths of companies said their EU staff were worried about their residency status and one in 20 had already lost workers.

The loss of skilled employees would hamper businesses when they are already suffering recruitment problems, said the BCC.

Acting director-general Adam Marshall said: "Since the referendum many firms have expressed concern over the future status of their existing EU workforce. These hardworking people are absolutely vital to the success of businesses, and must be retained because we cannot afford to lose talented and skilled workers.

"Theresa May should reassure them as soon as possible that they will have the right to remain in the UK, to provide much-needed certainty both for EU employees and UK employers.

"The Government must also clarify how new EU hires will be treated, as many businesses also say they are uncertain about whether the people they wish to recruit will be able to continue working with them in future. A sensible immigration policy that allows businesses to plug difficult skills gaps should go hand in hand with sustained investment in training UK workers for the jobs of the present and the future.

"Guaranteeing the rights of EU workers is just one of the major issues that the new Government needs to make, and quickly."