The UK farming and construction services industries are rightfully concerned about the effects Brexit will have on migrant workers. Britain’s food and housing industries both heavily rely on EU migrant labour and if the needs of these industries for workers isn’t met after Brexit, we could see severe backlash in the way of food and housing prices.
Currently, many of the construction services are being filled by migrant workers and losing access to these workers could cause a housing shortage. Even if access to migrant workers is granted, the question remains about the incredible amounts of red tape that will get in the way of hiring.
As one UK official has stated, “Access to labour is very much an important part of our current Brexit discussions, and we are committed to working with UK companies to make sure they have the right people with the right skills.” She went on to say, “We must protect the economy but we must also listen to the issues that people have regarding immigration. We need a clear plan from Ministers, no more empty rhetoric.” This could be a good sign for the construction services industry as well as many others using migrant labour.
While the government is committed to introducing tougher immigration rules, many recruitment companies offering construction staffing solutions are wanting tens of thousands of foreign workers to be granted temporary visas enabling them to take on construction services jobs.