Research to Understand EU Migrant LabourClient: Three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs): Humber; Leeds City Region; York, North Yorkshire and East Riding | Sectors: Social Policy, Regions and Cities
• Semi-structured interviews 90 businesses in sectors with high proportions of EU Migrants across the three LEP areas
• Semi-structured interviews with recruitment agencies employing EU migrants across the three areas
• Undertake qualitative interviews with EU Migrants and key stakeholders (tending to be organisations either representing businesses or EU migrants)
• Additional desk research
• Research Objectives
• How, and to what extent, businesses could be impacted if there was reduced access to EU labour and skills?
• Are there certain sectors, occupations or areas that will be affected more than others by reduced access to EU labour and skills?
• What are the views of EU migrants in relation to Brexit? In particular, their future plans to stay/work in the UK and the type of support they would like to see from employers?
• What are business doing now and/or planning to do to support their EU migrant workforce?
• What contingency plans, if any, do businesses have in place in the event of reduced access to EU migrant workers?
• How support organisations can best support businesses with the labour and skills gaps that could potentially materialise as a result of Brexit?
The report for this study has not been officially approved and finalised (this should be done shortly). As a result, we need to avoid being too definitive around outcomes at this stage. However, we can talk around the research identifying:
• The extent that EU migrants leaving is a concern across businesses in the areas and within particular sectors
• The extent that it is perceived that mitigating actions can be taken in certain sectors, for example automation, increasing supply of UK workers, training/skilling staff
• Ability of businesses to implement business plans with regards to Brexit
• Potential support that could be offered to businesses and also by businesses to EU migrant workers
• EU migrant workers perception of Brexit and the impact on their future plans and perceptions of those in their home countries
Detailed results were provided on a range of key issues, examining in particular the extent that EU migrants leaving was a concerns across businesses and sectors, the potential impact of mitigating actions (e.g. automation, training etc), and specific support that could be provided both to businesses and from businesses to migrants.