The latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) shows employer confidence at its lowest since the June 2016 Brexit referendum.
Over one-third of respondents (35%) thought that Britain’s economic conditions were worsening, while just 22% claimed to spot an improvement. The REC report that “political uncertainty is a serious problem for British businesses as they start the new year.”
Commenting, Tom Brake MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“Today’s figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation again underline the uncertainty which Brexit is causing this country. With months to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, employers are crying out for clarity from the Government but are getting anything but.
“On the very day when Theresa May is trying to woo business in China, firms back home are getting messages about Brexit which are about as reliable as those coming out of a game of Chinese whispers.
“The Government should provide real clarity and certainty to employers and employees around the country by committing to keeping the UK in the Single Market and Customs Union.”
Notes to editors
The REC’s statement can be read at: https://www.rec.uk.com/news-and-policy/press-releases/employer-confidence-at-lowest-since-referendum-rec