High unemployment rates across several European countries have led to the Conservative government backing an EU plan to advertise British jobs across the continent. This will prompt fears throughout the recruitment sector that is already under tight controls, according to umbrella company Evergreen.
With unemployment in the UK at its lowest rate since August 2008, many other countries within Europe are looking to the UK to provide work for their skilled labour force. The EU proposal, which was first drafted last year, has recently been brought back to the forefront with Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre largely in favour of the new system.
Evergreen director Jovan Pavlicevic thinks that there are a host of benefits of having a greater migrant workforce, but warns that recruiters will have to be aware that current practices will need to be changed if this ruling comes into force.
“Expanding the market within the recruitment sector is always of great benefit to businesses, as it means that they can make the most of a larger talent pool to find the best candidate for any role.
“With UK employment at a seven year high, and wage rises growing at their fastest rate since August 2011, the UK is once again an extremely attractive option for workers abroad.
“However, recruiters need to understand the added pressure that this is going to put on them. Countries like Spain and Greece have far higher unemployment rates than the UK – close to a quarter of the population – and many will look towards the UK for jobs. As well as this, the added costs of workers relocating from afar will have to be considered when choosing the best candidate for a job.”
The proposal would mean that any British job would have to be advertised on the EURES jobs portal, which is hosted by the European Commission. The portal already has 850 people tasked with linking employees with jobs across the continent, but these plans hope to strengthen labour ties between the UK and the rest of Europe.
Evergreen is a financial payroll company, dealing primarily with SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises), including contractors and recruitment agencies. Their services include payment solutions, tax planning and accountancy.