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Women in IT setting the record straight –

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Having been informed on more than one occasion of late that the issue of low representation for women amongst the IT professions is something somehow new/flying in the face of historical trends, over the past few days I have looked in to this to see if it is in fact true. The result, sadly I have to say, is that it is not – evidence for the halcyon days of… Read More »Women in IT setting the record straight –

What will hospitality businesses and hotels/accommodation firms in particular do when BREXIT arrives?

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Latest stats (Q4.17) show that 20% of the hotels/accommodation industry workforce are EU nationals – that is 69,000 people out of 345,000 in total. Moreover, there are 12,000 other individuals from outside the UK (nationality) working in the industry illustrating just how reliant it is upon overseas labour and skills. Perhaps surprisingly, the other key component of the ‘hospitality’ sector – restaurant/catering, though a large employer of overseas nationals, is… Read More »What will hospitality businesses and hotels/accommodation firms in particular do when BREXIT arrives?

The BREXIT braindrain – more of a trickle really so far.

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Looking at government data showing the level of educational attainment for EU nationals working in the UK during the past year or so, it appears to be true that there has been a slight fall in the proportion with HE level qualifications (i.e. predominantly those with degrees) – down from 49% in Q1.16 to 46% in Q4.17 – but, there was also a slight rise in the proportion holding ‘other… Read More »The BREXIT braindrain – more of a trickle really so far.

Decline in the number of EU nationals working in Finance/Insurance industries post BREXIT.

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Overall, the proportion of EU nationals working in these sectors fell from 6% to 5% over the Q2.16-Q4.17 period, whilst the decline was even more pronounced in many of the industry sub-sectors – notably Security and commodity contracts brokerage services, where a fall of 7 percentage points was apparent (i.e.  down from 17% to 10% over the period).

Tech employers increasingly looking to EU nationals to plug the industry skills gap.

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Following a notable decline in the aftermath of the BREXIT vote, the proportion tech industry workers with EU nationality was seen to increase throughout the second half of 2017 with a particularly sharp rise occurring over the Q3-Q4.17 period. As a result, by the final quarter of 2017, approximately 8% (83,000) of the industry workforce (1,093,000 people in total) were thought to be of EU nationality.

Diversity in the labour market?

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Diversity in the labour market? – we hear a lot about IT and Engineering (well I do as I look at this for a living) but consider also – women are better drivers than men (or not, I have no idea really but assume so as the insurance premiums are lower) – so why is it that, of the 1.1m people in the UK that had a ‘driving job’ in… Read More »Diversity in the labour market?

The Labour market is just not working

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The Labour market is just not working – ever struggled to get a plumber – they charge the earth and you always have to wait weeks as there are never enough to go round – so why are there seemingly virtually no women working as ‘Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers’ in the UK (just 1% of the total in 2017 from our analysis of ONS data from the Labour… Read More »The Labour market is just not working

Despite BREXIT uncertainty, the aerospace industries are increasing their reliance on EU nationals who now account for 10% of the workforce:

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There were 285,000 people working in aerospace during the final quarter of 2017, of which 28,000 were EU nationals – up from 19,000 in the final quarter of 2016  and 16,000 at the time of the BREXIT vote. The increase in EU nationals was most pronounced amongst aerospace manufactures where representation almost doubled from around 6% to 10% over the period (Q1.16-Q4.17).

The BREXIT effect is likely to greatest for employers with a high proportion of staff in ‘low level occupations’ i.e. ‘process/plant/machine operatives and elementary occupations’.

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The BREXIT effect is likely to greatest for employers with a high proportion of staff in ‘low level occupations’ i.e. ‘process/plant/machine operatives and elementary occupations’. Most notably, 48% of ‘Packers, bottlers, canners and fillers’ were of EU nationality in the last quarter of 2017 and 44% of ‘Food, drink and tobacco process operatives.’