15 June 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Businesses' hiring intentions have been "hit by Brexit uncertainty", according to a survey by a workplace firm.
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, based on responses from 2,110 UK employers, shows that despite the uncertainty there is still "a strong requirement for new workers".
Consequently, a British exit from the European Union could leave businesses facing a critical talent shortage, with EU workers no longer able to move freely to the UK.
According to ManpowerGroup, "the national seasonally adjusted net employment outlook has fallen 1 per cent for the second successive quarter to +5 per cent".
The survey asked employers whether they intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter.
Both the Bank of England and the UK Government use the survey as a key economic statistic.
James Hick, ManpowerGroup Solutions managing director, said: "Employment in the UK is at an all-time high, but British businesses continue to create more jobs. Britain added 404,000 jobs in the last 12 months alone, and despite the uncertainties of Brexit, employers tell us they still need more workers. Make no mistake about the vital contribution EU workers make to Britain. There are currently 2.2 million people from the EU working in the UK, but not all of them will stay here in the long term and we need the opportunity to replace the skills they bring."