Recruiters must act now to limit Brexit damage
Engage Tech is calling recruiters to streamline their compliance checking and recordkeeping as a matter of urgency with Brexit and its potential impact on Freedom of Movement just one of the hurdles agencies face in 2019.
With a potential shortage of labour across a number of industries and the possibility for greater employment and right to work checks after 29th March 2019, recruitment firms need to ensure they have efficient processes in place now in order to limit the potential impact on their business.
Ben Wardleworth, Business Development Director at Engage commented: “While we’re still relatively in the dark as to exactly what will happen once the UK leaves the Bloc, we can say with some certainty that there will be hiring challenges for most agencies. The likelihood is that right to work checks will become more stringent and possibly complex after our exit, and we would advise that agencies don’t take a ‘wait and see’ approach when it comes to their compliance procedures and record keeping.
“Businesses sourcing EU contractors who are still unaware of their rights to work, could also see a drop in staff over the next few months. This means recruiters need to tighten their relationships with existing clients and candidates and utilise technology to gain visibility to all existing databases in order to remain competitive. Ultimately, compliance drives efficiency which in turn reduces costs. By ensuring that you, and indeed your clients, are recording the required information from workers and, crucially, that there is visibility of this in order to limit time-impacting duplication, firms can better weather the coming storm.”