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Will Brexit harm your career prospects?

One of the knock-on effects of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has emerged in a recent survey, with 30 percent of employees believing that Brexit will harm their career prospects.

The main reason cited for the perception that career prospects will be hindered has largely come about due to a lack of communication from mangers to their employees and a general feeling of mistrust into their future job security and opportunities for career development.

Interestingly, over 70 percent of employees are beginning to doubt the leadership of senior executives in light of the Brexit decision and an overwhelming 73 percent are questioning their ability to effectively communicate the implications of the impact on the company they work for and their career prospects as the UK government moves towards leaving the EU.

The unpredictability of Brexit negotiations is doing little to help soothe the concerns of the UK workforce, and many employers are still uncertain of what a future outside of the European Union holds for their business.

Despite the concerns felt by many UK employees, in contrast almost 25 percent of employers are attempting to attract candidates to new roles in the first quarter of 2017 and almost half of companies say that they are experiencing a skills shortage of good quality candidates – especially in the financial, technical, construction and health and social care industries.

Statistics have shown that the UK labour market remains strong, business confidence is slowly increasing post-Brexit and there are still many career opportunities available.

If you are interested in finding out what 2017 holds for your career prospects and want to find out more about our local recruitment landscape, then join in with our 2017 Recruitment Outlook and Salary Survey report.

Every year we conduct a survey to give our candidates the most up to date information on average salaries for your role, how many local businesses are looking to expand their workforce in the next 12 months and what skills are most in demand.

Click here to take part to receive all this information and more direct to your inbox.

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Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.


Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.