- 76% of manufacturers currently have at least one EU national working in their business
- 64% of manufacturers said an insufficient number of UK nationals applying for jobs was the reason they recruit EU nationals
- 33% of employers recruit EU nationals because the skills required are not available amongst UK applicants
- EU nationals fill jobs across the manufacturing workplace but in particular in plant and machine operative roles, skilled trades and technical and professional roles such as engineers.
In this report, we call on government to move swiftly to give companies early certainty that they will continue to be able to recruit low-skilled EU nationals until the UK labour market is able to satisfy businesses’ demand with home-grown workers and that they can continue to recruit skilled workers who would be able to work in the UK for up to 5 years and then be able to apply for permanent residency.
With competition for the right people already fierce in manufacturing any cut in supply of EU labour risks choking off the skills needed by the sector.