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Holding onto and recruiting talent post-Brexit

If all goes to plan, Britain will leave the EU no later than April 2019 now that Article 50 has been triggered

It is expected that this will have an impact on the recruiting field especially as the pool for specialists from the EU is likely to dramatically shrink. This means the pressure is on for companies to put in place competitive recruitment and retention strategies.

Between 2014-2024, the employment of computer and information technology occupations will grow from 3.9 to 4.4 million jobs according to the BLS.

However, Melissa North, Head of HR at Sopra Banking Software has said that UK Tech companies may lose out on the best talent as EU employees are put off joining due to the uncertainty of Brexit and so recruiters need to create a plan of action.

According to Melissa,

  • The movement of workers needs to be a top priority
  • As does developing the employer brand
  • While embracing homegrown recruits from a grass roots level through apprenticeship programmes.

We further discussed the upcoming issues in employing the best tech employees.

1. Banks such as HSBC and Goldman Sachs are increasing their headcount in Paris due to the triggering of Article 50.

Do Sopra Banking Software, as a French company with head offices in the UK, see their recruitment being affected in the near future?

We are unsure what the future will hold. However, if further restrictions come in then it will affect our ability to recruit new people into our business. It could also affect internal transfers and importantly secondments, where we bring in overseas experts within our current business to offer expert skills to our customers.

We explore all options to the find the best talent for Sopra Banking Software and we will continue to do this, working within whatever the new rules as a result of Brexit may be.

What’s important is that we get some certainty soon as to what the arrangements will be. This will avoid any unnecessary attrition as people look for jobs outside of the UK unsure as to what their position will be.

EU employees might be put off joining UK companies, businesses like Sopra Banking Software feel they could already be losing out on talent due to the unknown outcomes of the Brexit negotiations. The movement of workers needs to be a top priority, as far as I am concerned as Head of HR.

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