Brexit impact on the workplace

Brexit Observatory logoThe prospect of the UK leaving the EU raises a number of questions for employers and employees.

We have collated responses and guidance on various HR themes to help you consider and approach these issues and to further the debate around the impact of Brexit on UK workplaces and employment as a whole.

Preparing for Brexit through workforce planningPreparing for Brexit through workforce planning

This report, authored by IES on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), offers guidance on the workforce planning implications of the UK leaving the European Union.

Reilly P, Hirsh W, Robinson D, Martin A (2018)


The impact of Brexit on HR

The HR profession is already being expected to help managers and employees navigate their way through the short and medium-term implications of Brexit, especially as their effects on HR policy and practice become clearer.

Publication iconThe impact of Brexit on Shared Services (Deloitte)

Publication iconFacing the future: tackling post-Brexit labour and skills shortages (CIPD)

Blog iconThree in four HR professionals expect Brexit to escalate ‘war for talent’ (CIPD)

Blog iconHiring EU workers in a post-Brexit world (HR Magazine)

Blog iconHow to prepare for Brexit (XpertHR)

Blog iconOpinion: Why you might lose your British talent after Brexit (People Management)

Blog iconManaging and communicating change (CIPD)

Blog iconBrexit and pay optimism (CIPD)

Blog iconBrexit: What now for the recruitment industry? (Recruitment Agency Now)

Blog iconManaging Brexit - 10 Tips for HR Leaders (LinkedIn Pulse)

Blog iconTheresa May’s Brexit speech: what will it mean for employment? (Personnel Today)

Blog iconHR experts react to PM's landmark Brexit speech (HRnews)

Blog iconBusiness as usual for recruitment and retention in post-Brexit Britain … for now (Workplace Insight)

Blog iconBrexit – the road ahead (Aon)

Publication iconLabour Market Outlook (CIPD)

Blog iconHR should be leading on Brexit talent planning (HR Magazine)

Blog iconThe Sunny Uplands of Brexit for HR (IEDP)

Blog iconBrexit – The end of the road for data protection reform? (HR Magazine)

Video iconPenny Tamkin - The Brexit effect on HR. Part one: The immediate issues

Video iconPenny Tamkin - The Brexit effect on HR. Part two: The medium to long-term issues

Blog iconWill Brexit be good or bad for UK occupational health and safety? (Personnel Today)

Blog iconWhat does Brexit mean for HR? (HR Magazine)

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Employee engagement

Even if the detailed implications of Brexit remain unclear for the next year or two, employers will be keen to ensure that employees are as informed and engaged as possible during this period of uncertainty.

Blog iconEmployee engagement after Brexit (Great Places to Work)

Twitter chat: Employee engagement and BrexitEmployee engagement and Brexit twitter chat: Recap

Blog iconStephen Bevan - Post-referendum uncertainty demands a focus on employee engagement

Publication icon Employee engagement guidance and research

Blog iconThe unpredictable digital age calls for a fresh approach to reward management (People Management)

Blog iconUK needs the most engaged employees in Europe if it is to succeed in the post-Brexit business landscape (Institute of Internal Communications)

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Workforce planning

It is already clear that, in some sectors, Brexit has prompted concerns over future labour supply. For employers facing uncertainty, this means putting resources and thinking into workforce planning, a process which has previously suffered from the mistaken belief that it holds no value in uncertain times.

Modern workforce planning takes a more flexible approach and increasingly seeks to understand what certain futures might look like and what an organisation will need to do to embrace them positively.

Report iconPreparing  for Brexit through workforce planning (CIPD)

Blog iconAndrea Broughton: Uncertainty for employers over impact of Brexit

Report iconPower up: The UK Workplace (Deloitte)

Report iconThe civil service after Article 50 (Institute for Government)

Blog iconBrexit workforce planning considerations (CIPD)

Blog iconBritish business will need its foreign language speakers (Financial Times (£))

Blog iconThe British civil service faces a great Brexit challenge (The Conversation)

Blog iconThird of manufacturing firms want to move some operations out of UK after Brexit, report warns (Independent)

Blog iconFinance firms keen to keep staff in Britain post-Brexit (Telegraph)

Blog iconUK food industry fears Brexit exodus of EU workers (Financial Times (£))

Report iconPlanning for Brexit: Talent implications (Mercer)

Blog iconLondon-based financial firms in talks with Amsterdam over possible relocation to Dutch capital (International Business Times)

Blog iconCity banks warn of Brexit job moves (BBC)

Blog icon3 rules to remember to retain your EU workforce (HR Grapevine)

Blog iconMore than four-in-five employers aren’t prepared for Brexit’s impact on labour movements (People Management)

Blog iconMajority of UK CEOs considering moving operations abroad post-Brexit - survey (Reuters)

Blog iconBusinesses need reassurance on EU employees (British Chambers of Commerce)

Blog iconDuncan Brown - Back to the future: from pay benchmarking to Brexit-induced strategic HR planning

Report iconWorkforce planning guidance and research

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Employment Law

The UK's departure from the EU may have employment law consequences for UK employers as the precise terms of Brexit become clearer. Here we will post material which helps HR professionals monitor informed opinion and helpful guidance.

Report iconProtecting Health and Safety after Brexit (TUC)

Blog iconNo immigration clarity from Queen's Speech (HR Magazine)

Blog iconBeyond Brexit: How the OECD could replace the EU as a driver of UK public policy (LSE)

Report iconEmployment regulation in the UK: burden or benefit? (CIPD)

Report iconCould a bad Brexit deal reduce workers’ rights across Europe? (Work Foundation)

Report iconWhat about the workers? The implications of Brexit for British and European labour (Competition & Change)

Report iconThe Great Repeal Bill: White Paper (DExEU)

Presentation iconAndrea Broughton - Slides: Brexit: how it looks from the UK

Blog iconAs bad as it gets: the White Paper on Brexit (Professor Steve Peers' EU Law Analysis Blog)

Report iconThe United Kingdom’s exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union White Paper - Section 7: Protecting workers' rights (DExEU)

Blog iconWorkers’ rights beyond Brexit (TUC Touchstone Blog)

Blog iconFawcett launches Sex Discrimination Law Review (Fawcett Society)

Blog iconCIPD responds to Prime Minister's Brexit speech (CIPD) 

Blog iconBrexit: 10 ways the EU protects British workers' rights (Independent)

Blog iconBrexit: what's the legal position if employees must relocate? (Personnel Today)

Blog iconBrexit debate: Government gives no guarantees on worker rights (Personnel Today)

Blog iconEmployment law to be carried over ‘wherever practical’ after Brexit (People Management)

Blog iconPM guarantees existing employment law rights will apply post-Brexit (HR Director)

Video iconAndrea Broughton - Changes to UK employment law following Brexit

Blog iconDavid Yeandle OBE - How will Brexit impact UK employment legislation?

Blog iconJim Hillage - What does Brexit mean for employment?

Blog iconEversheds comment: EU Referendum result - What will it mean to leave the EU? (Eversheds) 

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