One in three Europeans concerned about job discrimination if UK votes leave


With the EU referendum vote looming, a recent study has found that nine out of ten (87%) Europeans living in the UK are worried about its potential impact. According to totaljobs, almost half (49%) are fearing for their job security, whilst a third (37%) for their personal lives.

The study revealed that one in three (33%) would feel discriminated against if they were to look for a job in the UK in the current situations. Analysing the statistics, it appeared that Spanish workers are most likely (40%), followed by the Polish (33%), French (32%) and German nationals (25%).

Additionally, more than half of Europeans currently living in the UK moved here for work-related reasons (58%), for specific job opportunities (26%) or because of the buoyant job market (32%). However, the research suggested that this came as no surprise. More worryingly, it found that almost half (40%) said the Brexit referendum has had a negative impact on their opinion of the country and 25% feel forced to reconsider their career options outside the UK.

Other concerns also include political changes (36%), administrative procedures (36%) and currency fluctuations (30%). A lack of communication from HR appeared to be quite worrying too as 61% said they had not been informed.

John Salt, Group Sales Director at totaljobs commented: “It’s clear from our research that European workers in the UK are unsettled by the prospect of Brexit, and this may have an impact on productivity and employee turnover rates for UK employers. With the UK skills shortage already at a critical point, this is not a prospect many employers will relish.

“Totaljobs knows how important a happy and diverse workforce is to business success, and to see that 65% of Europeans in the UK are satisfied with their jobs is fantastic. To maintain and make the most of this, employers need to communicate with their employees about Brexit and seek to address any concerns they have.”

However, despite the worrying statistics, the report found that the majority of EU expats (76%) hope to stay and 71% would be willing to go through admin procedures in order to keep living there. 50% of respondents have considered applying for UK nationality and 9% are already in the process.

Salt added: “It is hard to predict what will happen following Brexit so employers are in a difficult position, however those who support their workforce through this unsettling and uncertain time will reap the benefits in higher staff retention and employee engagement rates going forward.”

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