British building trade faces EU employee exodus – Hays

(Reuters) – British building websites are beginning to see a labour scarcity as Eastern Europeans, who have historically stuffed the majority of on-site jobs, have stopped taking positions after Britain’s determination to go away the EU, recruiter Hays mentioned.

Chief Executive Alistair Cox mentioned there was “less appetite” for non-British staff to take jobs following the Brexit vote and a few European Union residents had give up jobs in Britain, with the fast affect being felt on building websites.

“We are starting to see skill shortages in a number of areas there because of a lot of the traditional supply, much of which has come from Europe has dried up,” he advised Reuters.

Cox’s feedback are the primary indication that companies could battle to fill jobs after Brexit. So far, staffing corporations had mentioned employers in Britain had frozen new job investments and had been solely hiring replacements for jobs being vacated.

The concern stays that Brexit might trigger a mass-exodus of jobs to different international locations with giant European companies vacating their British headquarters and monetary corporations detailing plans to switch jobs to maintain servicing EU shoppers.

Finance companies had begun moving “some small areas of the business” with “relatively insignificant numbers” of jobs to different European international locations, Cox mentioned, declining to call the businesses or the capabilities of jobs moved.

But he mentioned there had not been any strikes of bigger departments or “hundreds or thousands” of jobs and mentioned finance companies weren’t solely hiring replacements for these leaving but additionally making recent hires for threat, compliance and audit.

Hays mentioned the broader British market, which together with Ireland accounts for a few quarter of the group’s web charges, remained subdued however steady. Cox additionally mentioned that wage inflation remained subdued at about 2 to 2.5 % a yr.

Profit from Britain and Ireland rose 24 % to 22.6 million kilos within the six months ending Dec. 31, helped by value controls. Like-for-like web charges grew 1 %.

This enchancment and worldwide progress pushed Hays’ revenue up 16 % to 116.5 million kilos ($161.7 million) beating consensus of 115.6 million kilos.

Three analysts mentioned they anticipated full-year revenue consensus of 239.eight million kilos to rise by low single digits, however Hays’ shares, up about 12 % this yr, fell 5 % at 194 pence at 0819 GMT, a steeper fall than the midcap index.

“Shares have been strong coming into the earnings and probably are already pricing in the upgrades,” Morgan Stanley analysts wrote.

Reporting by Esha Vaish in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Edmund Blair

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