Call for Evidence – Impact of Brexit on the UK Labour Market

    View Author February 2017

    The Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords has announced that it is examining the expected impact of Brexit on the UK labour market and to inform its inquiry it has issued a public Call for Evidence.

    The Government has reaffirmed its intention to reduce net migration to tens of thousands. It has also confirmed that, unsurprisingly, there will be controls on migration from the EEA post-Brexit. Key influences cited by the Committee in its decision to conduct this inquiry are the competing claims, on the one hand, of the potential impact of uncontrolled migration on people of lower incomes and, on the other, businesses in sectors which rely heavily on lower skilled labour from the EEA, contending that such controls would be detrimental to their businesses and so also to the UK economy.

    The Call for Evidence considers both EEA and non-EEA migrants and is based on the assumption that net migration will be reduced post-Brexit. The impact of that on businesses and employees will then be considered by the Committee and recommendations to the Government will be issued.

    At a point when future immigration policy has yet to be determined, now is the time when businesses can be heard and have the best chance they are going to get of influencing future changes. Our UK Immigration Team will be responding to the Call for Evidence and, to assist us in our response, we would like the views of as many businesses as possible in relation to the following:

    • How reliant is your business on high, medium or low skilled migrant labour?
    • What would be the impact on your business of a reduced ability to source foreign workers for lower skilled jobs?
    • What would be the effect on your business of heightened restrictions on the ability to source foreign workers (both EEA and non-EEA) for highly skilled jobs?
    • Should there be regional or sector-based variations in immigration policy?