Big fall in EU workers searching for jobs in the UK

New analysis shows a remarkable fall in EU nationals searching for work in the UK, with Belgium at the top of the list with a drop of 48.2 per cent.

Illustrated map of the EU which accompanies an article about decreased UK job searches by EU nationals
The number of workers from other European Union nations seeking jobs in the UK has plummeted since the Brexit vote, according to an analysis by the internet job board CV-Library.Based on an analysis of traffic to the company's websites in the first eight months of 2015, 2016 and this year, the company found a 4.3 per cent fall since August last year.Some of the reductions have been remarkable, with Belgium recording a 48.2 per cent drop over the 12 months, while the numbers from Slovenia, the Netherlands and Romania are all down by more than 20 per cent.Since August last year there has also been substantial drops of between 10-20 per cent in traffic from Portgual, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said, “Our data brings to light the concerns amongst EU workers around Brexit, with those living in other European countries clearly pulling back the reigns on their UK job applications."Despite a lack of clarification on what is actually going to happen, Brexit appears to have understandably made foreign staff think twice about coming to the country and this is sparking fears amongst businesses. “After all, we do not have enough talent in the UK to meet demand right now and this is putting pressure on organisations to think more strategically about overcoming their recruitment challenges. This could mean a range of options: from being more creative with their job adverts and where they post them, to looking for people that have experience in different industries and honing in on school leavers and graduates.”
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However, not all EU countries have registered a fall in traffic over the past year with the number of Latvians searching for jobs increasing by 26.3 per cent. Smaller increases were recorded from Cyprus (up 9 per cent), Finland (up 9.6 per cent), Spain (up 8.6 per cent) and Malta (up 7.8 per cent).Mr Biggins added, “Key industries within the UK are heavily reliant on migrant workers in order to keep up production and maintain productivity levels, so it’s concerning to see such a dip in traffic across the board."That said, it’s clear that not all countries are feeling affected, with the likes of Latvia, Cyprus, Finland, Spain and Malta all increasing their traffic to our site in the past year. There is a great amount of uncertainty around keeping the talent pipeline full but these findings do provide some reassurance that the appetite is still there for some.”   Biggest drops in EU traffic 2015-2017:
  1. Slovenia – down 40.2% 
  2. Hungary – down 28.6% 
  3. Slovakia – down 25.5% 
  4. Romania – down 22.7% 
  5. Bulgaria – down 18.2%
Biggest drops over past year:
  1. Belgium – down 48.2%
  2. Slovenia – down 27.9% 
  3. Netherlands – down 22.7%
  4. Romania – down 20.3% 
  5. Portugal – down 19.1% 
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