The number of workers available to fill job vacancies in the UK has fallen in the months since the referendum, a new report for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has found.
The survey of UK businesses demonstrates the importance of building an immigration system which keeps Britain open to talented and hard-working people from around the world.
The REC is the professional body for the UK recruitment industry.
Commenting, Norman Lamb MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“While the continued growth in job opportunities is extremely welcome, many will worry that the vote to leave the EU is already making it more difficult for businesses to find staff to fill shortages.
“Now more than ever, it is vital that we have the access to talent that we need from around the world, including from EU workers who already make a vital contribution to our economy.
“We must avoid knee-jerk reactions on immigration and ensure that Britain remains open to talented and hard-working people from across the world, allowing them to continue to come and contribute to our economy and public services.”