New IES Brexit Observatory on the employment impact of the UK's decision to leave the EU

IES News

1 Sep 2016

Today at IES we launch our new ‘Brexit Observatory’, tracking the employment effects of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

The Observatory will provide a space to collate evidence, share relevant research and commentary, track datasets, and link to sources of independent information as the debate continues and the terms of the UK’s departure are revealed.

It will build over the following weeks, months and years as events unfold and data surfaces. In addition to content originating from IES, the pages will feature guest blogs and links to external sources.

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IES intends that the Observatory will stimulate and facilitate debates on key topics. Visitors can interact with the site and its content using the hashtag #BrexitObserv on Twitter. To launch the Observatory, IES will be conducting the first in a series of planned twitter chats, looking at the impact on employee engagement of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Topics for future chats will be decided as conversations unfold and visitors share their areas of concern.

Initially the Brexit Observatory will be split into two categories, reflecting the macro and micro levels of employment - the Workforce and the Workplace. On the Workforce side, the Observatory will focus on areas such as the labour market; education and skills; and migration (including the impact on the UK’s nursing workforce).

The Observatory will also monitor the impact on employers and their responses following the referendum result. The Workplace side of the Observatory will consider areas such as the impact on HR; workforce planning and recruitment; employment law; and employee engagement.

These are all areas on which IES is well placed to offer important insights, with almost 50 years’ experience of research in employment issues. IES will curate the Brexit Observatory following its core values, providing an evidence-based and independent approach to the evolving debate. Although definitive answers cannot be offered to all questions raised at this very early stage by employees and employers alike, the Brexit Observatory aims to offer a reliable source of information on key areas of concern as the UK moves through this uncharted territory.