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24 Jan 2023

The post-Brexit labour market – still a gap to fill

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Some interesting analysis from Changing Europe and the Centre of European Reform in their report titled "Early impacts of the post-Brexit immigration system on the UK labour market". 

It is clear is that Brexit has left a gap in the labour market which the Skilled Worker visa is unable to fill, despite the increasingly tough rhetoric on immigration from senior members of government. 

The conditions of the new system, while liberal, are too onerous to compensate for the loss of free movement in low-skilled sectors of the economy, which has led to labour shortages. We do not yet know how employers are responding to these shortages, and it will take time for that adjustment to happen, but some combination of higher wages and prices and less output is likely, especially in work that is hard to automate.

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