With less than a year to go until the UK leaves the EU, there is understandably a significant amount of uncertainty within the local economy. The EU’s Chief negotiator, Michel Barnier said “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, so it’s to be expected that businesses throughout the region are seeking clarity on the next steps and how best to prepare themselves for Brexit.
In preparation for Brexit in the local area, TEC partners were delighted to form part of the panel at the Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk’s Brexit meeting on Tuesday 5th June to discuss the challenges we may face as a region, and how the local economy can prepare.
Joining several businesses and guest speakers including Andrew Sinclair from the BBC and Seamus Nevin from the IoD, and covering a range of topics including immigration, strategies, trade, and more, we were delighted to have our Commercial Director, Dan Benson, form part of the panel to discuss and answer any recruitment related queries.
Speaking about preparing for Brexit in Norfolk, Dan said: “Having worked in recruitment for over 15 years, I have witnessed the introduction of various new regulations including the WTD (Working Time Directive), AWR (Agency Worker Regulations), National Minimum Wage Bill, and changes to Contractor Status Rules to mention just a few. Whilst it’s true that new regulations cause a level of concern and fear of the unknown, these moments also create opportunities for positive change.
“Although we have seen a slowdown in EU National’s applications for our roles, this has not been the ‘cliff edge’ that was predicted by some. After Theresa May’s assurance that “those EU Citizens already (lawfully) living and working in the UK, or those which settle here by 29th March 2019, will be able to remain after Brexit”, there is now some comfort to those considering relocating to the UK.”
When asked about attracting the right skills to the area, Dan advised: “Whilst the discussion has focussed heavily on skills shortages, gaps in knowledge and specific sectors or technology, at TEC Partners we are acutely aware that behind these phrases lie the human story. We are a people business. Our candidates who are considering a move from an EU country to take up a new job in the UK are thinking about schooling for their children, employment for their spouses, the loss of the close family support network, and the long term future for their loved ones.
“At TEC Partners, we consult directly with our clients and candidates to better understand the needs of the individual. This affords us a unique insight and provides an unparalleled level of service to both user groups. TEC Partners was started as a direct result of the technical marketplace rightly demanding more from their recruitment partners.”
It’s a really exciting time for TEC Partners, we will continue to support the efforts of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, Norfolk County Council, the IoD, UEA, and others. We are looking forward to attending future events where we hope to offer advice using our wealth of recruitment experience.