The Recruiter Sentiment survey found that hiring professionals are seeing a negative impact on international hiring into the UK, with 37% of recruiters seeing a decrease in candidates from Italy, 35% from France, 35% from Germany, 32% from the Netherlands, 29% from Spain and 33% from other EU 27 countries over the last quarter.
And it’s not just EU candidates being put off by Brexit: recruiters are seeing a decrease in hires from South Africa (27%), Canada (27%), Australia (26%) and the USA (25%) too – suggesting falls in EU candidates won’t be filled easily by those from non-EU countries.
The top factors impacting hiring strategies because of Brexit are:
- The availability of talent (40%)
- Business uncertainty (38%)
- Reluctance of candidates to move to the UK (36%)
- Competition from international businesses (28%)
Despite this, overall confidence amongst talent professionals is relatively high: 71% feel ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ confident about their ability to recruit the right talent; and 48% have seen an increase in hiring over the first quarter of 2018.
For those who have seen an increase in hiring, the main reasons behind this have been:
- Business growth (56%)
- More vacancies (45%)
- More suitable candidates on the market (32%)
- Sector specific needs (28%)
Jon Addison, Head of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn UK, offered some tips to ensure that employers and recruiters can still find and attract the best talent.
“Make more of what you already have: think about how you could upskill your existing team to ensure that your business is well equipped to navigate the more competitive external hiring landscape,” he said.
“Elevate your brand beyond borders. Make it appealing to the talent you need now, and in the future, to ensure your access to the talent pool you need - from the UK and abroad - is maintained.”
Source: Recruitment Grapevine