Kevin Green, chief executive of The Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech on Tuesday will be “cold comfort” to UK employers.
In a statement, Green said the government’s plan risks putting the jobs market in reverse by leaving the single market and curtailing access to workers from the EU. “We must not underestimate the vital role that EU workers play across the economy”, Green said. “We need more nurses to care for our ageing population, more people with the skills to build houses, and seasonal workers to ensure that farmers can continue to deliver for British customers. The reality is that we have near-full employment; the idea that there are hundreds of thousands of UK nationals waiting in the wings to take these jobs is a fantasy.
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