With the upcoming referendum now only a few weeks away and the world’s media captivated by a potential Brexit, many voters are still none-the-wiser about the implications of their potential vote. With that in mind, we thought we’d touch on the arguments made by the Remain and Leave camps for their respective positions, from a recruitment and employment perspective to help you get your head around it (if you haven’t done so already!)

Staying in the EU

According to the Remain camp, and championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, staying in the EU allows the free movement of people across the EU, opening up a range of job opportunities for UK workers who are willing to travel, and likewise for European citizens. This, in turn, helps bridge skills gaps and eases quality candidate shortages.

They argue legislation, such as the AWR (Agency Workers Regulation), introduced by the European Union, gives employees greater workplace rights, such as sick pay and holiday. Some believe that if the UK were to leave the EU, workers would lose those rights, impacting on employment and the recruitment industry.

The Prime Minister, has also argued that leaving the EU will have a detrimental effect on key industries like manufacturing and finance. Cameron believes that if the UK were to leave the EU, some companies may decide to move their operations to other European countries, resulting in job losses and further skills shortages in the UK.

Leaving the EU

In contrast, supporters of Brexit, believe that leaving the EU will give the UK the freedom to negotiate its own free trade deals, which would in turn create more jobs for British workers, therefore enhancing employment and the recruitment industry.

UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, is a prominent voice who believes that leaving the EU will lead to a stronger UK economy and; therefore, improved employment prospects, boosting the recruitment sector. Politicians such as Farage state that leaving the EU will give the country control to manage the skill levels of European workers coming into the UK, allowing us to cherry pick the best quality talent.

Members of the Leave camp, such as Boris Johnson, also believe that remaining in the EU will give employers less control over employment legislation. They claim that much of the current UK employment legislation originated from the EU and places an unnecessary burden on employers. This statement has been challenged by many as factually inaccurate.

There’s still 2 weeks to go before UK citizens make their call on whether we should stay or leave the EU, and there will no doubt be fierce debate right up until the 23rd June. With so many contradictory arguments coming out of both camps, the British public have got little, if any, objective information to base their decision on. As far as the recruitment industry is concerned, only time will tell how the final outcome makes its impact felt. Roll on the 24th June…

What are your thoughts?

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