United Kingdom – 2017 Total Workforce Index™ Country Profile Article


The past year has brought uncertainty to many aspects of the United Kingdom. While the market remains one of the most mature and highly skilled, regulatory factors that were once taken for granted are now subject to potential changes following its upcoming separation from the European Union. Especially high on the list of factors influencing the current labor force are the migratory regulations that establish how workers move between the UK and other EU nations.

Several of Britain’s key sectors will be dependent upon how these regulations are decided in the next version of migratory labor policy. The hospitality and food service, manufacturing and transportation industries have 33%, 23% and 20% of their workforce composed of non-UK born nationals respectively. While organizations try to plan for future labor regulations, many non-UK resident workers must consider the possibility that they will no longer be allowed to work in and freely move between the UK and EU nations. The result could be detrimental to highly-skilled EU workers currently working in the UK.

While the climate is overly cautious and in a state of flux, the UK remains one of the largest sources of highly skilled talent with an exceptionally large English proficient and highly educated workforce. Nearly half of the workforce is considered highly skilled while 98% is English speaking.

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