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Businesses battle to recruit staff as applications drop due to Brexit

The number of people available for new jobs is depleting, leading to a push in payrises for those already in work

Employers are struggling to recruit suitable talent post-Brexit, due to the number of candidates applying for jobs decreasing, as some EU nationals leave the UK.

London is particularly being hard-hit, with hiring for permanent roles now at a slower rate than other parts of the UK.

In the latest report published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), the Midlands and the North were performing the strongest.

Kevin Green, chief executive of REC, said: “We can’t ignore the importance of our relationship with the EU to employers. If we want to keep our jobs market successful and vibrant, we must make it easier, not harder, for employers to access the people they need.”

He added: “Employers are not just struggling to hire the brightest and the best but also people to fill roles such as chefs, drivers and warehouse workers.”

A study published by Deloitte earlier this year suggested that 38 per cent of lower-skilled EU nationals are considering relocating away from UK businesses, a move which could potentially damage a range of industries including high street retailers, public services and small businesses.

Starting salaries are seeing the biggest jump in 20 months, due to the fall in the number of job applicants, in an attempt to attract more talent to vacant roles.

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