Commenting on an embargoed report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which has found growing skills shortages in the UK economy, James McGrory, co-executive director of Open Britain, said:
“This study makes very clear the serious impact Brexit-related uncertainty is having on our economy, and the fears employers have that it could lead to skills shortages.
“Workers are unwilling to move to new jobs because they fear the damage a job-destroying, chaotic Brexit would have on our economy. Companies worry that draconian new immigration rules will make it harder for them to get the skilled labour they need, damaging both our economy and our public services.
“The Government needs to take action to secure a trade deal that delivers the ‘exact same benefits’ as membership of the Single Market and Customs Union, as they have promised. And they need to drop their divisive and damaging immigration target, which if achieved would come at the expense of jobs and economic growth.”