EU citizens seeking work in UK drops 36% since Brexit 

EU citizens seeking work in UK drops 36% since Brexit 

EU citizens seeking work in UK drops 36% since Brexit 

EU citizen seeking work in Britain has fallen by more than a third since Brexit a new study says. The study exposes the impact on UK employers struggling to recruit. 

The job website Indeed shows searches by EU-based jobseekers for work in the UK were down by 36% in May from average levels in 2019. The figures show low-paid jobs in the hospitality, care sector and warehouses recorded the biggest drop at 41%. 

A report says tougher post-Brexit immigration rules are having an impact bigger than the fallout from the pandemic. The report says the decline in interest among EU jobseekers was not replicated in other countries. 

The figures come as UK businesses struggle to find enough staff to fill large numbers of vacancies after hospitality venues and retail outlets were allowed to reopen. 

Business leaders say the lack of overseas workers is likely to put a brake on the UK’s economic recovery from Covid-19 and could lead to higher prices for goods and services as staff shortages force them to offer higher wages to bring in new staff. 

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