Following the EU Referendum, how does Brexit impact the UK labour market?



Following a long-running debate, the UK has voted in favour of a Brexit.


We appreciate that the outcome of today’s vote may cause much uncertainty for both you and your business. As a Group we conducted a great deal of research into every possible scenario of the EU Referendum (see below), and we are here to answer any queries you may have.


UK laws will not automatically change because of Brexit. Many EU-originated laws have been implemented in the UK via Acts of Parliament, which will remain in force until UK governments decided to amend or repeal them. There are some legislative changes that are perhaps more likely than others; the Agency Workers Regulations (“AWR”) and the “TUPE” regulations are potential contenders for reform. Repealing EU nationals’ rights of free movement to the UK could also result in practical difficulties for businesses.


If you believe your organisation or employment status may be affected by today’s vote, we would urge you to get in touch with your Adecco Group representative. We would also like to reassure you that we will continue to track and provide detailed commentary on the economic landscape, whilst making various materials available for your disposal as you adjust to the changes.


Free Analysis Paper


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Read our first press release - New research finds UK employers rely on 1.6 million employees from the EU


Read our second press release - 88% of current EU workers in UK would not be eligible for a visa

Past Event


In May we hosted a panel event debating the effect that free movement across Europe has had on UK employers’ abilities to secure the best talent and the potential consequences for employers of leaving the EU. This event was aimed at senior HR and procurement professionals interested in discussing the potential implications of a “Brexit” for the UK labour market.


Our expert panel included:

•  Alain Dehaze, Global CEO, Adecco Group

•  Rt Hon Vince Cable, Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

•  Jamie Martin, Education consultant and former special advisor to Michael Gove

•  Rain Newton-Smith, Director of Economics, CBI

•  Warwick Lightfoot, former special adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and member of ‘Economists for Brexit’